Apple has shipped the Final Cut Server in the US. Final Cut is a solution for media asset management and workflow automation. It automatically catalogs large collections of assets letting search across multiple disks and SAN volumes, enabling viewing, annotation and approval of content from anywhere using a PC or Mac.
Moreover, a cross-platform client enables Final Cut Server’s broad search capabilities to be used on PC or Mac extending from simple keywords to complex combinations of IPTC, XMP and XML metadata.
Also Final Cut Server configures highly specific access controls defining user permissions on an asset or project basis.
“Whether producing a 30-second spot, the nightly news or a major motion picture, Final Cut Studio is the choice of editors around the world,” said Rob Schoeben, Apple’s vice president of Applications Product Marketing. “With the introduction of Final Cut Server, collaboration just got a whole lot easier for millions of editors, producers and clients who work with Final Cut Studio.”
The Final Cut Server also supports different sizes of workgroups ranging from a two-person post house to a multi-national news organization. Moreover it can also automate as much, or as little, of the production pipeline as needed.
Thanks to the event-based response model, the Final Cut Server also racks job status, monitors media changes, and automates review and approval notifications and complex sequences of tasks through a series of simple menu selections.
The Final Cut server is now available in the US market for $999 for one server and 10 concurrent client licenses. While one Final Cut Server with unlimited client licenses can be purchased for $1,999.