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FCSvr to VidiXplore

Migrate media and metadata from Final Cut Server to VidiXplore

If you want to extract your media and metadata from an existing Final Cut Server system to a modern system, this is the easiest migration path around.

We built a free tool which migrates your data to VidiXplore, a cloud-based solution which works like this:

Sign up for VidiXplore on https://vidixplore.com. Download and install the VidiXplore agent and point it to your media files.

The agent creates preview files and uploads them to the cloud. As an option it can also upload your HiRes files.

Using the browser-based VidiXplore user interface you can search for metadata stored as tags, comments – which means time-code related metadata – and other metadata.

If you choose not to upload your original media, you can optionally allow users to request HiRes media via the VidiXplore interface. Then the agent will upload HiRes files and VidiXplore will deliver the file to the user.

Apart from VidiXplore being a great service, where your HiRes data remain on premise and only metadata and preview files are permanently being stored in the cloud, the migration path from Final Cut Server is easier than for any other system.

This is how the migration looks like

Download this file: fcsvr2vidixplore.zip. Unzip it and place it on your Final Cut Server system.

Open a Terminal window and drag the binary into the Terminal window. If you hit enter without adding any arguments, the binary will create a tmp folder in the same folder like the application, in which it collects temporary XML data, which it extracts from Final Cut Server.

fcsvr:~ sadmin$ /Users/sadmin/Desktop/fcsvr2vidixplore Binary's parent dir is /Users/sadmin/Desktop. You are running fcsvr2vidixplore version 0.1. Extracting proxies? False! Placing XMP sidecar files in folder '/Users/sadmin/Desktop/XMP_files'. Detected fcsvr_client binary. Proceeding. Exporting annotations... Exporting Final Cut Server device information... Writing file /Users/sadmin/Desktop/tmp/DEVICE_XML/7.xml.

It also creates a folder called XMP_files next to the application binary. For each Final Cut Server device it will create a subfolder with the same name like the Final Cut Server device. Inside these device folders the application will create XMP sidecar files, which use the same names and relative paths like the original files, using the file name suffix “.xmp”.

Once the export has finished, copy the xmp files next to their related media files – no matter if they reside on the original storage where Final Cut Server placed them or if you copied your data to new storage.

Now install the VidiXplore agent and sign in. Point your VidiXplore agent to your media files, and it will upload previews and your Final Cut Server metadata to VidiXplore, where you can display comments (annotations in Final Cut Server) and tags (Keywords in Final Cut Server) and search for all metadata you added to your items inside Final Cut Server.

Once the files have been uploaded, they will show up in your VidiXplore instance.

Advanced Features

While the process described above will most probably work for you, the fcsvr2vidixplore binary offers some advanced features.

In case you don’t want to store resulting XMP files in a folder named “XMP_files” next to the application binary, you can tell the app to use any other folder by using an extra argument:

fcsvr2vidixplore --xmp-target=/My/XMPs

In this example the XMP files would use “/My/XMPs” as the root folder. Again the application binary creates the same relative file paths inside this root folder like the related media files use on the Final Cut Server devices.

While the VidiXplore agent creates its own preview files in the background, you might want to preserve your existing Final Cut Server proxy files for other purposes. Most likely you don’t want to do that, but if for some reason you need these proxies, you can extract them by typing:

fcsvr2vidixplore --proxy-source=/My/Proxies.bundle --proxy-target=/My/Proxies/

You need to choose the path of the existing Proxies.bundle folder as well as a destination. The application will then extract your existing preview files and rename .mov media to .mp4 for better web compatibility.

In case you want to customise your VidiXplore workflows or need help setting this up, please get in touch with us using our feedback form above.


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