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Final Cut Server was a server-based backend developed by Apple to manage Final Cut Studio files (in particular Final Cut Pro) and workflow automation, based on Proximity's artbox package. Final Cut Server can catalog any file type and allows for the addition of custom metadata to make those files searchable. Final Cut Server runs on Apple hardware but the server is accessed through a Java client that runs on PCs and Macs. In addition to Java, Final Cut Server makes heavy use of the QuickTime framework and requires its installation when used with PC clients.

Description[]

Though Final Cut Server was announced in 2007 for release in the summer, it was not available for purchase until April 8, 2008. On July 23, 2009, Final Cut Server was upgraded from version 1.1.1 to 1.5. The release corresponded to the release of a new version of Final Cut Studio. The upgrade changed the pricing structure by eliminating the original 10-client license and reducing the cost of the unlimited client to $999. Upgrades from version 1.1.1 to 1.5 for both the unlimited license and the older 10-client license were $299. With the purchase of the upgrade, the 10-client license was converted into an unlimited client license. Notable features upgraded in version 1.5 include the addition of global searches accessible to your workgroup, integration of Active Directory permission sets, improved search engine performance, and an expanded line of proxy settings.

Discontinuation[]

On June 21, 2011, Apple announced the end-of-life of the Final Cut Server product.

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