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Monday, October 06 2008 @ 05:37 PM EDT
Thursday, September 25 2008 @ 11:30 AM EDT
Reinstalling Compressor/Qmaster on a running Final Cut Server
Apple has issued Pro Applications Update 2008-003, which updates both Compressor and Qmaster to 3.0.4.
However, some of our clients were reporting more qmaster unresponsiveness than before the update, sometimes rendering qmaster irreparably unresponsive (say that three times fast).
Below then is a script that can completely wipe your install of Qmaster/Compressor. You can then reinstall from scratch the AppleQmasterNode.mpkg from the Final Cut Server installation disk, and then use Software Update to get it back to 3.0.4. All this without disturbing a running Final Cut Server. (Obviously, qmaster processes will fail during the reinstall, but if you're at this juncture, your qmaster is probably not working anyway.)
Thursday, September 18 2008 @ 09:02 PM EDT
Thursday, August 21 2008 @ 01:47 PM EDT
Integrating Final Cut Server with a web approval system
Final Cut Server is a fine asset management system. Its real promise, though, lurks within its system for watching for arbitrary events and triggering actions. At WWDC this June, Apple wowed a few hundred people with a demonstration of this capability. Apple has now released the code and documentation of this demo.
Download the documentation and code in the "Web-Based Review & Approval" section of the Final Cut Server Resources page.
Here's the demo, in short. Using the FCS Client, click an asset's "Send to Web for Review" checkbox. This triggers FCS to compress and export a version of the movie, then add a record to an external database. A Ruby-on-Rails app reads the database and displays the movie in a web page for approval. Once approved, the Rails app sends XML to a drop folder, which is read by FCS, recording approval and completing the round trip.
It is a bit of work to get it working, but the demo touches all facets of FCS. It's a great eduction.
Tuesday, July 01 2008 @ 09:42 AM EDT
Final Cut Server 1.1
I was on a short vacation last week, so I missed Apple's first update to Final Cut Server. Note that both the server and clients must be updated to QuickTime 7.5 before this release. If you are using Final Cut Pro, you must update to Pro Applications Update 2008-02 as well. There have been significant changes to how FCS handles FCP projects, so all cataloged FCP projects should be reanalyzed by the FCS administrator after upgrading.
As a nice change, Apple has published release notes for Final Cut Server.
Please discuss in the FCS 1.1 forum thread begun by djdan...
Tuesday, April 08 2008 @ 11:39 PM EDT
Apple Ships Final(ly) Cut Server
Apple announced this morning that Final Cut Server, its "powerful media asset management and workflow automation software for video and film production," is shipping. Availability comes just under a year since the product's original announcement, and just a week before the broadcast industry's NAB expo in Las Vegas.
FCS is perhaps the most complex product Apple has ever shipped. (Xsan may be worse :-) Here's the (editorialized) bullet list:
Read these carefully. We'll update this list as we learn more.
What we think
We've had quite a few discussions about FCS over the last year. We've had our share of cynicism, too. And we think that, used in a professional setup, Final Cut Server is going to make a huge impact on the video production world. But, like Xsan, it's going to be a huge headache for those who try to take shortcuts.
Also, like Xsan, we think Apple's going to do a great job marketing a powerful solution to a new market. But folks will need experienced help. And with FCS, setup is everything.
So, after weeks of consideration, both public and private, we've decided to begin building Xsanity into as reliable as resource for Final Cut Server as it is for Xsan. I invite you all to help with your articles, discussions, and wiki posts.
Besides, it's about time we added some color to our logo.
[Update:] the requirement for real graphics cards was an exaggeration.
[Update 2:] maybe it wasn't an exaggeration. At least the server seems to require a real graphics card.
[Update 3:] the correct requirements are now above. Only the server has a graphics card requirement, and it is not too strict.
Sunday, April 15 2007 @ 03:34 PM EDT
Apple announces Final Cut Server at NAB
We're not much of a breaking news blog (see Engadget's live coverage for that), but Apple this morning announced Final Cut Studio 2 and Final Cut Server. FC Server is a brand-new product that seems like Proximity ArtBox + Compressor, but we're not entirely sure yet. We'll post more info when we understand it all better.
Until then, you can follow along in our forum and post whatever you hear.
From the press release:
Apple today introduced Final Cut Server, a powerful new server application that works seamlessly with Final Cut Studio 2 to provide media asset management and workflow automation for post production and broadcast professionals. A scaleable server application that supports workgroups of any size, Final Cut Server includes a cross-platform client that enables content browsing, review and approval from within a studio or over the Internet. Final Cut Server automatically catalogs large collections of assets and enables searching across multiple volumes via an intuitive user interface. Final Cut Server is designed to manage the flow of work, as assets and projects move from producer to editor to artist through the entire production process.
Click the read more link below to see a couple of screenshots from Apple's video.
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