Join Robbie Carman for an in-depth discussion in this video What is Final Cut Server?, part of Final Cut Server 1.5 Getting Started.
So if you are like a lot of people, you are probably wondering, what exactly is Final Cut Server? Well, Final Cut Server is media asset management software or sometimes it's labeled by an even more generic term, digital asset management software, or DAM for short. Well, what does that mean? Put simply Final Cut Server is an organizational and workflow tool that works in tandem with creative software like Final Cut Studio. So, in this movie, I want to give you an overview of what Final Cut Server does and who Final Cut Server is geared to.
To begin to understand what Final Cut Server is and what it does, here is an analogy I use. No doubt you have probably used iTunes to organize your music, create playlists, and add information about songs, and even rate songs, and of course, move them to another place, like your iPod or iPhone. Final Cut Server is similar, but of course a lot more powerful and customizable. Final Cut Server allows you to catalog assets or media of various types that previously might have been in many different locations.
You can even group together similar assets, kind of like creating a playlist. When you add assets, you can attach metadata or information about those files, which can be used to search for them or even to run a series of complex tasks or automations to move or process them in different ways. Okay, so I like to break Final Cut Server's features down into six main areas. Of course, throughout this title, we'll explore each one of these areas in more detail. The first is asset cataloging.
Final Cut Server allows you to centralize assets, instead of having assets in dozens of different places in an unorganized way. Every time you add an asset to Final Cut Server, you are going to attach a virtually unlimited amount of metadata to that asset, to describe it, making it easy to find and also easy to do complex automated tasks with. Next, searching. Final Cut Server allows you to quickly search hundreds, thousands, or even hundreds of thousands of assets quickly and efficiently.
The third powerful feature of Final Cut Server is workflow automation. Based on asset metadata or location, Final Cut Server can perform complex automations in one click, instead of doing dozens of steps manually. Next is collaboration. Gone are the days of trying to figure out who in your organization has the most recent version of a Final Cut Pro project, or if a client has been notified that a file is ready for the review. By using a powerful version management system and other tools, you and your team can collaborate like never before.
Final Cut Server utilizes Compressor to provide processing and delivery of assets. What this means is that using Compressor, Final Cut Server will automatically create files for easy viewing and editing, and Final Cut Server can leverage Compressor to create various types of files for delivery and output. Last but certainly not least of Final Cut Server features is its ability to be customized. No two organizations are the same. Every company will have its own needs in terms of workflow, metadata, and even how tasks are automated.
Apple provides user's workflow templates to get started, but from those starting points, you can customize almost every single feature of Final Cut Server to fit your workflow in your organization's needs. So, that's an overview of Final Cut Server's features, but who is Final Cut Server for? Well in my opinion, any group or user who uses Final Cut Studio can benefit from using Final Cut Server, because of all the abilities I have mentioned. Final Cut Server can act as the missing link for Final Cut Studio users.
But let's dive into a few specific organizations that can benefit from using Final Cut Server. First, our production and stock footage companies. If you have gone out and shot maybe hundreds of hours of footage, Final Cut Server can quickly get those shots cataloged, and you can add important metadata about location, camera, lighting and even rights. Postproduction companies are an obvious choice for benefiting from Final Cut Server. From editorial, where you have to manage thousands of clips and be able to find specific shots quickly, and have reviewers approved clips and cuts, and also have the ability to create deliverables for a variety of mediums, Final Cut Server can save you a ton of time.
In the fast pace environment of news, Final Cut Server can be utilized by editors and producers and even control room operators to quickly find packages and stories, see their current state, and facilitate quick changes and automate delivery to play out servers. One type of organization that you might not think of initially as benefiting from Final Cut Server is educational institutions. Instead of students delivering projects on drives or tapes, instructors then reviewing and grading, the entire process can be seamless through Final Cut Server.
Instructors can deliver materials to students and students can keep their projects there for instructors to review. And ultimately, students can create outputs from Final Cut Server for the web, DVD, or mobile devices. Well, that's an overview of what Final Cut Server is and who it's for. In the rest of the movies in this title, we'll explore many aspects of Final Cut Server that I have mentioned in this movie so you can get started with this powerful application and utilize it in your own workflows.
- 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