Uploading Final Cut Pro Projects

Final Cut Pro project assets have a different structure than media assets. When you upload a Final Cut Pro project to Final Cut Server, the Final Cut Pro project file is the primary representation for the asset. Final Cut Server discovers the video and other media files that are linked to the Final Cut Pro project and uploads each of the media files as a unique media asset. Final Cut Server then lists each of the project’s linked media files as an element of the Final Cut Pro project.

Note: If your Final Cut Server administrator has turned on Edit Proxy file creation, an Edit Proxy will also be created for every video file that is linked to the Final Cut Pro project. This Edit Proxy is used for checking out Final Cut Pro projects for editing. For more information about the Edit Proxy feature, talk to your Final Cut Server administrator.

The illustration below shows a Final Cut Pro project at upload. Notice that the elements list is inside the asset, but the media assets that the elements list references are independent media assets. Any of the media assets can be found by double-clicking the element in the Elements pane; when you do this, the media asset’s info window opens.

Figure. Diagram showing the files created when a Final Cut Pro project is uploaded to Final Cut Server.

After a Final Cut Pro project has been uploaded, you can get information about the project’s linked media files in the Elements pane of the Final Cut Pro project’s asset info window.

Figure. Final Cut Pro project's asset info window showing the Elements pane.

Alternately, you can look at the Resources pane of a media asset’s info window to see if a media asset is linked to a Final Cut Pro project.

Figure. Final Cut Pro project's asset info window showing the Resources pane.

Considerations When Uploading Final Cut Pro Projects

Keep the following things in mind when uploading Final Cut Pro projects:

  • Uploading a Final Cut Pro project that contains a SmoothCam filter: If you upload a Final Cut Pro project that uses the SmoothCam filter, the analyze file created from it is not uploaded to Final Cut Server. When you check out the project asset from Final Cut Server for editing, Final Cut Pro automatically re-analyzes the SmoothCam filter to re-create the project’s analyze file. This analyze process could take some time.
  • Uploading a Final Cut Pro project that contains render files: If you upload a Final Cut Pro project that contains render files, the render files are not uploaded to Final Cut Server. After checking out or exporting a Final Cut Pro project, you will need to rerender the files in Final Cut Pro.
  • Uploading a Final Cut Pro project that uses a Motion master template: It is recommended that you upload Final Cut Pro projects that contain a Motion master template only to edit-in-place devices.
  • Include file extensions on all files uploaded to Final Cut Server: It is recommended that you include file extensions on all files uploaded to Final Cut Server.
To upload a Final Cut Pro project file
  1. Do one of the following:

    • Drag the Final Cut Pro project file to the column on the left of the Final Cut Server main window, to the Assets pane, or to a production in the Productions pane.

    • Choose Upload File from the Server pop-up menu (the pop-up menu in the Final Cut Server main window that appears when you click the Server button), select the Final Cut Pro project file in the file browser that appears, then click Upload.

      The Upload Final Cut Pro Project window appears.

      Figure. Upload Final Cut Pro Project window.
  2. Some of the information in the Link Final Cut Pro Upload window is automatically entered. You can change the metadata set and add any metadata for the new Final Cut Pro project and the linked media.

    Important: Any metadata you enter for the project asset will be applied to the new project asset and to each asset being created for the linked media files.

  3. If necessary, choose a new destination device from the Destination pop-up menu.

    This specifies the device on which the file will be stored. If you have questions about which device to choose, contact your Final Cut Server administrator.

    Note: Media and Library are the primary Final Cut Server devices. Talk with your Final Cut Server administrator about which other configured devices are appropriate for media file storage.

  4. If you want to group the Final Cut Pro project asset in a production, click Choose at the right of the Associate with Production field and specify a production.

    See Organizing Assets in Final Cut Server for more information about productions, including creating a new production.

  5. Click Upload.

    The upload begins. The upload progress is displayed above the Information pane in the bottom-left corner of the Final Cut Server main window.

  6. To monitor the progress of the file upload, click the Downloads and Uploads button to display the Downloads & Uploads window.

  7. After the file is uploaded, click the “Assets created by me” Smart Search listed under the My Smart Search heading to view the new asset or assets that you just uploaded.

For information about how to get information about the Final Cut Pro project asset that was just created, see About the Asset Info Window.