Administration window 

The Administration window, available in the Final Cut Server client to users with admin permissions, provides access to a wide variety of aspects of your Final Cut Server system. It includes panes that allow you to configure preference, automation, device, and metadata settings. You can also use the metadata settings in the Administration window to customize the options and information your users see when using Final Cut Server.

alias file 

An alias file is a small reference file that links to the master or original file. Final Cut Server uses aliases to represent assets in productions and creates aliases when preparing assets for disconnected use.


Final Cut Server analyzes assets to create proxies and extract metadata from them. See also edit proxy, proxy.

Apple filing protocol (AFP) 

AFP is a network protocol supported by Macintosh computers.

Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) codec 

Edit proxy files created with the Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) codec provide high quality, seamless offline editing during checkout, including on notebook computers, and are especially useful when your original media is uncompressed video. See also edit proxy.


After a project or production is finished, you can use an Archive response to move the assets from their current device to an archive device, which can be a FireWire drive, a large slower drive, or another volume where disk space is not an issue. The assets remain in the Final Cut Server catalog in an inactive state. They can be restored whenever they are needed later.


Every item in a Final Cut Server catalog, whether it is a media file, PDF document, or folder saved as a bundle, is an asset. All assets are stored on Final Cut Server devices and can be part of Final Cut Server productions. Final Cut Server includes the ability to add a wide variety of metadata to each asset. See also device, metadata, production.


Final Cut Server supports a wide variety of automation features, making it possible to configure Final Cut Server to automatically perform many tasks. There are three types of automations: watchers, subscriptions, and schedules. Each of these automations issues responses when an event occurs. See also response, schedule, subscription, watcher.

Automation Setup Assistant 

Final Cut Server System Preferences include an Automation pane for managing the most common automations you will use. This pane uses Automation Setup Assistant to create new and edit existing automations. In general, it is easier to create automations with Automation Setup Assistant than with the client’s Administration window. The Administration window, however, allows you to create highly customized automations with settings not available with Automation Setup Assistant. See also Administration window, automation.


To use an asset from the Final Cut Server catalog on a client’s computer, the computer must have a local copy of the asset. Final Cut Server maintains a cache area on the client computer to store the local copies of the assets. You can define the location and size of the cache in the client’s Preferences window.


A user interacts with the Final Cut Server catalog by using a Final Cut Server client. Final Cut Server clients are Java-based applications that can run on computers using Mac OS X, Windows XP, and Windows Vista operating systems. A Final Cut Server system can support multiple clients running simultaneously, with licenses supporting ten clients and unlimited clients available.


Contentbase is a Final Cut Server-managed file storage system that places each asset in a unique folder. The advantage is that there are no issues with identical filenames overwriting each other. Final Cut Server requires the Proxies and Version devices to use Contentbase file storage.


Devices in Final Cut Server are storage locations that you define and configure. They can be folders in a local volume on the server computer, network volumes, or folders from an Xsan volume.

Device Setup Assistant 

Final Cut Server System Preferences include a Devices pane for managing the most common device types you will use. This pane uses Device Setup Assistant to create new and edit existing devices. In general, it is easier to create devices with Device Setup Assistant than with the client’s Administration window, especially since you are also able to configure scan responses at the same time. The Administration window, however, allows you to create highly customized devices with settings not available with Device Setup Assistant. See also Administration window, device.


Generally, in order to use an asset from the Final Cut Server catalog on a client’s computer, the computer must have a local copy of the asset. An exception is if the device that contains the asset is configured as an edit-in-place device and the client computer has it mounted as a volume. The most common example of this is an Xsan system since they support a high enough data bandwidth for video data to be transferred in real time. See also storage area network (SAN), Xsan.

edit proxy 

The assets linked to an uploaded Final Cut Pro project can optionally (based on a preference setting) have special Edit Proxy files created while they are being analyzed. These Edit Proxy files use the Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) codec by default; however, you can change the transcode setting for Edit Proxies to be any available codec. When you check out or export the project, you can choose to export it with these Edit Proxy files or the original media. See also analyze, Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) codec, proxy.


Final Cut Pro projects contain a list of elements. The elements list shows the connections the project file maintains with its linked media assets. Final Cut Pro elements can include media files and Final Cut Pro sequences.


The most common file system used for any devices that are local to the server computer of Final Cut Server or are mounted by it. These can include AFP, Xsan, NFS, and SMB file systems. See also Apple filing protocol (AFP), network file system (NFS), server message block (SMB), Xsan.

file transfer protocol (FTP) 

FTP is a protocol for exchanging files over networks that support the TCP/IP protocol.


To access the Final Cut Server catalog, users must belong to a group that has a Final Cut Server permission set assigned to it. Groups can be locally created on the server or can be from an Open Directory list. See also permission sets, users.

image sequence 

A movie exported as a series of numbered image files, stored in a folder. Each image file contains one frame of video. The Targa and TIFF file formats are commonly used to export image sequences for file interchange among different film compositing workstations.


Any action that Final Cut Server performs on an asset is a job. These actions can include uploading, downloading, copying, and transcoding an asset.


Metadata fields can use a variety of data input methods. A lookup is a pop-up menu that requires a user to select the data to enter from a provided list of items.


Every file contains at least some metadata, such as its file type, size, name, and creation date. As you add files to the Final Cut Server catalog, you will soon find that it would be useful to have additional metadata fields to use for sorting or locating specific assets. The heart of Final Cut Server is its ability to work with metadata. It provides many opportunities for you to add metadata to your assets, using either the metadata fields it provides or custom metadata fields that you create for your specific requirements. These include items such as keywords, status settings, and descriptions. Each asset or production is assigned a metadata set, which is comprised of one or more metadata groups, each of which contain one or more metadata fields. See also asset, production.

network file system (NFS) 

NFS is a file system protocol commonly used to allow a client to access files across a network.

permission sets 

Permission sets are used to define how a group of users are allowed to interact with the Final Cut Server catalog. For example, you can create a group of users that review assets and apply a permission set that prevents them from deleting any assets.

primary representation 

This is the original media file that was uploaded to Final Cut Server.


To help organize the assets in your Final Cut Server catalog, you can create productions. Productions can be nested within each other to create production hierarchies, and productions can contain asset aliases. See also asset, metadata.


Still images and video files can be very large and difficult to work with. Final Cut Server automatically creates lower resolution proxy files during the analyze process when you add assets to its catalog. These proxy files are much smaller and easier to work with and can be used in place of the actual files for editing and review purposes. See also analyze, edit proxy.


All Final Cut Server automations execute responses when their criteria are met. There are a variety of responses that you can configure, including scanning a device, emailing a user, or copying an asset to a device. See also automation.


A schedule is a type of Final Cut Server automation that runs at predetermined times, executing one or more responses. An example is a schedule that scans a device once a day to update its entries in the catalog. See also automation, response, subscription, watcher.

server message block (SMB) 

SMB is a network protocol mainly used by Windows computers. It is often referred to as Microsoft Windows Network.

storage area network (SAN) 

A SAN allows multiple computers to connect to a storage device as if it was a locally connected device, allowing you to use the media on the storage device as if it was on a local hard disk. See also edit-in-place, Xsan.


A subscription is a type of Final Cut Server automation that runs when a specific metadata change occurs. An example is a subscription that executes an email response when an asset’s status changes to Ready or Review. See also automation, response, schedule, watcher.

transcode settings 

Final Cut Server uses transcode settings to convert an asset from its current codec to a different one. Most often you use transcode settings to convert an asset into one that is smaller or easier to play. The transcode settings for video and audio assets are from Compressor (which is installed on the server computer). The transcode settings for images are internal to Final Cut Server.


To log in to the Final Cut Server catalog, a person has to have a user account on the server computer. That user account also has to be part of a group that has a Final Cut Server permission set assigned to it. See also groups, permission sets.


Final Cut Server can be configured to retain previous versions of selected assets, making it possible to restore an earlier version if needed. If you check out an asset from the Final Cut Server catalog, make a change to it, and check it back in, Final Cut Server first copies the current version to the Version device and then copies the new version to where the current version was.


A watcher is a type of Final Cut Server automation that continuously monitors a specified device and executes a response once an asset appears. An example is to watch a folder to which the graphics department adds new images. Once a new image appears, the watcher copies it to a device, adds it to the Final Cut Server catalog, and sends an email to the editor. See also automation, response, schedule, subscription.


See client.


An Apple Xsan storage area network (SAN) is a device that provides fast access to media files. Xsan devices support edit-in-place when you are connected using a Fibre Channel network. See also edit-in-place.