About Caching

Caching an asset downloads the asset to the Final Cut Server cache on your local computer. After you’ve cached a media asset, you can check it out and work with that managed copy in another application, or you can drag a copy of the media asset from Final Cut Server or export a copy of the media asset and create an unmanaged copy.

After caching an asset, you can tell the asset is cached because the asset’s thumbnail changes to a lighter gray color.

Note: If your Final Cut Server system is connected to an Apple Xsan storage area network (SAN) device and the edit-in-place feature is enabled, your assets are always cached and ready to use. For more information, contact your Final Cut Server administrator.

Final Cut Server prompts you when you need to cache an asset, so caching often only requires you to click the Add to Cache button that appears in the dialog. However, you can also manually add an asset to your Final Cut Server cache.

To add an asset to your cache
  • Control-click the asset, then choose Add to Cache from the shortcut menu.

When the asset is cached, the asset’s background changes to a lighter gray color (in Thumbnails view) or gets a dot icon (in List view).

Figure. Two assets in Thumbnails view: the cached asset has a lighter gray background.
Figure. In List view, the cached assets have a dot icon.

In some situations, a file that is stored in your Final Cut Server cache may expire. When this happens, an icon appears on the asset, indicating that the file that is cached for that asset is expired.

Figure. Asset thumbnail with an expired cache icon.
To correct an expired cache
  • Control-click the asset, then choose Remove from Cache from the shortcut menu.

The icon disappears, indicating that the expired file has been removed from your Final Cut Server cache.

You can change several settings for your Final Cut Server cache in Final Cut Server Preferences. See About Local Media Preferences for more information.

Important: Final Cut Server manages the files in your local computer’s cache. In most situations, you do not need to manually work in your computer’s cache. If you want to modify your cache, talk with your Final Cut Server administrator.