Apple Releases Final Cut Server

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Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple announced the product last April at the National Association of Broadcasters. Final Cut Server works with Apple's Final Cut Studio and automatically catalogs assets and allows users to search across multiple disks and SAN volumes from a Mac or PC.

"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, in a statement. "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."

Final Cut Server is scalable and can be used with groups of any size, according to the company, and automatically catalogs media and creates thumbnails, poster frames and low-resolution clip proxies. Users can also configure it to track job status and media changes and to automatically review approval notifications. The software package includes Compressor 3, a digital encoding and compression tool.

Final Cut Server is available through Apple and its resellers. One license with 10 concurrent client licenses retails for $999, and one server with unlimited licenses for $1,999.

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