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.


After a project or production is finished, you can use the archive feature 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.


Final Cut Server creates an asset for every uploaded media or project file. An asset contains the primary representation file (the file that was uploaded), and can contain one or more proxy files.


Final Cut Server supports a wide variety of automation features, making it possible to configure Final Cut Server to automatically perform many tasks.

bundle asset 

In Final Cut Server, you can upload a folder of files as a bundle asset. The bundle asset contains all of the files in the folder, and the files cannot be accessed from within Final Cut Server. Bundle assets are used to track Soundtrack Pro, Motion, and DVD Studio Pro project assets and their linked media files.


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.


The catalog is the collection of assets that are managed by Final Cut Server.


The 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.

Clip Proxy 

At upload, Final Cut Server automatically creates a lower resolution Clip Proxy file for video assets. The Clip Proxy is used in place of the actual video file when viewing the asset in Final Cut Server. See also proxy.


Devices are storage locations. They can be folders in a local volume on the server computer, network volumes, or folders from an Xsan volume.


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 because they support a high enough data bandwidth for video data to be transferred in real time. See also Xsan.

Edit Proxy 

At upload, an Edit Proxy file can be created for video files that are uploaded to Final Cut Server as part of a Final Cut Pro project. Edit Proxy files are intended to be used when checking out a Final Cut Pro project. Note that Edit Proxy files are not created automatically; the Final Cut Server administrator must turn on the Edit Proxy feature to generate Edit Proxy files. See also proxy.


Final Cut Pro project assets contain a list of media assets that are linked to the Final Cut Pro project file. Final Cut Pro project elements can include media files and Final Cut Pro sequences.

image sequence 

A movie exported as a series of numbered image files, stored in a folder. Each image file contains one frame of video. When you import a folder of numbered image files into Final Cut Server, you have the option to save them as an image sequence asset.


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

managed file 

When you check out an asset, Final Cut Server creates a managed copy of the file. The managed file can be edited and checked back in to update the original asset. See also unmanaged file.


Metadata is information about a file. In Final Cut Server, metadata is used to describe the asset’s primary representation file and to describe the asset itself.

metadata set 

Final Cut Server organizes metadata into metadata sets. Metadata sets contain groups of metadata; metadata groups contain metadata fields.

Poster frame 

A Poster frame is a JPEG proxy file generated from a media asset’s primary representation file at upload. See also proxy.

prepared media 

In Final Cut Server, you can prepare media files to be used later in a new Final Cut Pro project. When you select one or more media files and choose Prepare for Disconnected Use, alias copies of the files in the cache are created in the location you choose. Later, when your computer is disconnected from Final Cut Server, you can use the prepared media files to create a new Final Cut Pro project.

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.


Many of the applications in Final Cut Studio use project files, which use one or more linked media files to create a project. Final Cut Server tracks project files with project assets.


Still images and video files can be very large and difficult to work with. Final Cut Server automatically creates proxy files during the analyze process when you add assets to its catalog. These proxy files can be used in place of the actual files for editing and review purposes. See also Clip Proxy, Edit Proxy, Poster frame, Thumbnail.


In the Final Cut Server main window, you can view the assets or productions in List or Thumbnails view. In Thumbnails view, each asset is represented with a thumbnail image. This image comes from the asset’s Thumbnail proxy file (a JPEG proxy file that is generated from a media asset’s primary representation file at upload). See also proxy.


Transcoding converts a media asset from one codec to another. Final Cut Server uses video and audio codecs supplied by Compressor. See also transcode settings.

transcode settings 

Final Cut Server uses transcode settings to convert a media 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.

unmanaged file 

When you copy or export a file, Final Cut Server creates an unmanaged copy of the file. The unmanaged file cannot be edited and checked back in to update the original asset. If you want to track an unmanaged file in Final Cut Server, you must upload it and create a new asset. See also managed file.


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.


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.