Searching Devices and Jobs

Two advanced user searches, Search Devices and Search All Jobs, are available in the Final Cut Server client. Depending on your permissions, these searches may or may not be available for your use. If you have questions about when it is appropriate for you to use these searches, contact your Final Cut Server administrator.

Searching Devices

If your Final Cut Server administrator has given you permission, you can search for a file on any device connected to Final Cut Server. This allows you to examine the contents of a device, including items that have not been added to the Final Cut Server catalog.

The devices that you, as a client user, have access to are determined by your Final Cut Server administrator. Consider speaking to your Final Cut Server administrator before searching for or working with a file on a device.

Warning: Use the Search Devices window with caution. When you search a device, you are searching for files, not Final Cut Server assets. Devices can contain files that both have and have not been added to the Final Cut Server catalog. From the Search Devices window, you can add a media file to your Final Cut Server catalog, and copy, delete, and download the file to your local system; taking some of these actions could result in making duplicate copies of an asset in your Final Cut Server server system or deleting all copies of a file from a device.

To search a device
  1. Click the Server button, then choose Search Devices from the Server pop-up menu.

  2. In the Search Devices window that appears, choose the device to search from the Device pop-up menu.

    Figure. Search Devices window.
  3. Click the Search button to search from the device’s root level. You can also click the Choose button to open a dialog that allows you to specify a folder to search.

  4. If you want to limit the search, enter a term in the search field or click the search disclosure triangle to reveal advanced searching options.

    Important: Be sure to enter entire words in the search field. Unlike the search field in the Final Cut Server main window, the Search Devices search field does not return full words if you search for a partial word. For example, if you want to find all assets that contain the word frame, you must search for the entire word. Searching for fra only finds assets with the characters fra and the word frame is not found.

  5. Click the Search button.

After you select one or more items, you can choose to do the following actions by Control-clicking the filename in the list of search results and choosing one of these options from the shortcut menu:

  • Catalog asset: Adds the file to the Final Cut Server catalog.
  • Get Info: Displays an info window that summarizes information and metadata for the file.
  • View: Displays the file in the appropriate application (often the location in which the file was created).
  • Export: Exports the file.
  • Duplicate: Duplicates the file.
  • Delete: Deletes the file from the device.

Searching for a Job

Final Cut Server uses jobs to perform actions like uploading, downloading, and transcoding files. You can search for a specific job that is running or has been run on Final Cut Server using the Search All Jobs window.

The number of jobs that run depends on the type of action being performed. Some examples of jobs include:

  • Copying a file from one location to another runs one job.

  • Creating a new asset runs jobs to perform the initial copy and then creates the asset.

  • Analyzing an asset uses multiple jobs to create the asset’s proxy files.

Each job creates multiple log entries for each step of the operation.

If you want to monitor the Final Cut Server jobs that are being performed, you can open the Jobs window. In it, you can search for specific jobs and then see the job’s details.

To search for a specific job or jobs
  1. Choose Search All Jobs 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).

    The Search All Jobs window appears.

    Figure. Search All Jobs window.
  2. Enter your search criteria by doing one of the following:

    • Enter a word or value in the search field.

    • Click the search disclosure triangle to reveal the advanced search options. Choose a limiter from the pop-up menu and enter a value in one or more search fields.

  3. When you’ve entered the criteria by which you would like to search the jobs, click the Search button.

The jobs that match your search criteria appear in the main part of the window. Remember that your search results may span several pages; you can navigate through the search results using the page controls at the right of the window.