Join Robbie Carman for an in-depth discussion in this video Installing Final Cut Server, part of Final Cut Server 1.5 Getting Started.
In this movie, let's explore how to install Final Cut Server. Now I know you might be thinking. What's so hard about installing a piece of software, right? Well when it comes to Final Cut Server, there are some pretty important options for how the software is configured when installing it. I have gone ahead and loaded my Final Cut Server installer DVD into my DVD drive. So let me just double- click it here and open it up. There are couples of very useful things on this DVD besides the installer, such as this very useful and detailed setup and admin guide that I suggest you read and this Documentation folder that contains the entire Apple supplied documentation for Final Cut Server.
Now before I move on, I just want to make it clear that I am installing this software on the machine I am using as my server. For more about the setup I am using for this title, be sure to check out the last movie in the previous chapter. Later on, in this chapter, we will talk about installing the client application on client computers. Okay. So let's just go ahead and double- click on the Final Cut Server installer package right here to start the installation process. Click OK when you see this first message. The installer just wants to check your machine to make sure it meets the minimum aspects of installing the server software. I am going ahead and click Continue on this intro screen and then I am going to click Continue through the software license agreement screens.
Let me just spend a second to enter my user information and the serial number. So the first major step we need to make is choosing a default customer profile that we want to use for Final Cut Server. The choice that you make here is important as it sets up things like default metadata, default automations and permissions and a few other things. Don't worry. You can be forming amazing amount of customization later but try to choose a profile that best matches your organization or setup.
For many users, especially those doing video postproduction, the Video Production option is the best choice and that's the one I'll choose. Let me click Continue. Up next, we need to choose the default location for our proxy media, that is the lower-resolution media that is created when we add assets to the Final Cut Server catalog, and for our production media, that is our high-resolution media or the primary representations. On this system, I have one hard drive that is called Media and Proxies. So I want to point each one of these locations to that drive. So let me go ahead and do that. Click Browse here, and choose Media and Proxies, click Open, and I'll do the same thing for the Production media Location, here we go.
Just be aware that this drive will get a work out. So a separate fast and redundant drive array or RAID is suggested for each location but for this title, I am just using a single drive. You are best served in your own setup by having separate drives for each location. Up next, we can configure email for Final Cut Server. Final Cut Server can communicate with you or other users, letting you know that something has happened. For example, if a file is ready for review or to watch, Final Cut Server can send the appropriate people an email letting them know that the file was ready for review.
However, there are some important things to know about this. First, if you leave this field this blank, Final Cut Server will assume this to mean local host, which means Final Cut Server is looking for Mail Server configured on this machine, which in our setup is not true since we are not running Mac OS X Server. You can also add any address for your mail server for your organization but that email server must be one that does not use authentication, as Final Cut Server Final Cut Server cannot access email servers that use authentication. So if you want to use your G-mail account, sorry it's just not possible without some serious hacking.
So for this title, I am accessing the previously configured email server on my network. So let me go ahead and enter that address. It's just mail.amigomedia.com. Now, when needed, Final Cut Server will send notifications through this server. Finally on the screen we have three additional options. The first is to Enable Version Control. I think it's generally a good idea to have this enabled as Final Cut Server can automatically keep track of versions of assets, including Final Cut Pro projects. Next, we can choose to Enable Edit Proxies. When enabled, if you upload a Final Cut Pro project to Final Cut Server, all of the media associated with that project is converted to an edit proxy file, which by default is an Apple ProRes file.
This allows for faster download of files from the server and unifies all the media to the same codec. So let me go ahead and Enable Edit Proxies. I just want to be clear though that edit proxies are only invoked when you add a Final Cut Pro project and not its associated media. Edit proxies aren't for individual assets. Finally, this last option we have here is to catalog the media device that we selected above, meaning Final Cut Server will scan the device and add any assets it finds to the catalog. In this case, since there is nothing on that drive, it wouldn't really matter if it's on but I am going to go ahead and un-check it.
Up next, let's just click Continue and we are represented with the summary screen. So all I have to do here is click Install and then enter in my username and password for this machine and click OK. After installing, it's a good idea to run software update to see up through updates available for Final Cut Server. As of this recording, the most recent version is 1.5.2. If you have installed Final Cut Server 1.5, the 1.5.2 is free via software update.
So that's the basics of installing the Final Cut Server software on a server machine.
- Understanding how Final Cut Server works
- Final Cut Server terminology
- Installing the server and client software
- Uploading assets via drag and drop
- Using watchers and scans to automatically add assets to Final Cut Server
- Searching and viewing assets
- Adding assets to the cache
- Working with and customizing metadata
- Creating simple automations
- Backing up the server catalog and archiving assets