Final Cut Server

FCServer Search Queries

A couple of bits here:

When you're adding a bunch of files (eg a folder of JPEGs or WAVs) you are given the option to tag them with a description and/or keywords. I have found that you can search for those terms from the main quick search box, but you can't search for those terms AND something else.
Eg. description 'original music' AND keyword 'summer'

I guess this is linked to my next issue: Searching for multiple things in a single field.

Abracadabra ... or not

I've got 4 more FCSvr observations to get through before I upgrade the XServes to Snow Leopard Server and put FCSvr 1.5 on them next week so I'll try and get through them all this week :)
First up: Wizards.

Why you can only create settings, watchers and devices using a simple wizard in the System Preferences, I don't know.
OK, I know that's not strictly true and you can create things in the Administration panel in the client too, but for what I want to do, it still doesn't give me any flexibility over the System Preferences.

Dropbox Genius

Well... its been a while but I thought I should start the year with a good news post rather than the slating of Final Cut Server that was taking place last year! So, here it is: Dropbox Genius!

Help me help you!

I can't fix an issue if I don't know it has occured.

We had an error on our Qmaster cluster which meant that nothing was getting transcoded, I found this out after quite a backlog had built up. For a quick fix, I set FCSvr to render/transcode locally for a while until I figured out the Qmaster problem and then switched it back later.

Project copy v1... v2... v3...

As I mentioned in my previous post, I was a bit put out that there was no sensible solution to sharing projects in a read only fashion.
I just wanted to expand on that and outline where I find this to be a problems and what a possible solution would be to rectify this.

Why...
I have always been a big fan of the shared asset library/project. I use them for sound effects, music, graphics, clocks/bars/tone/company branding and logos etc. Anything that is not project or episode specific.

Sharing is best when you can

As with many people using FCP with a SAN, we stored our projects on the SAN moving them local to work on them and putting them back when we'd finished with them. This worked fine. But the idea of having project sharing was a great plus point to having FCServer.

I didn't start using the project check out/in straight away as when we installed Svr, we were already in production and were used to the workflow we had in place. However, for some reason, I was keen to get it working so I could work from home a bit easier - quite why I'd want to do that, I'm not entirely sure ;)

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