FCPX Shared Storage Workflow

Workflow Strategies for Final Cut Pro X


Final Cut Pro X Network Storage

fcpx-icon-colorChoosing the best shared storage (SAN or NAS) for video editing with Final Cut Pro X requires some consideration about how your team would like to get organized and collaborate. In fact, Final Cut Pro X has quite a few interesting features that can be leveraged in a shared storage environment, and these features can be used to improve workflow for a multi-user video editing team.

EVO Shared Storage systems offer Final Cut Pro X editors a collaborative workspace for their media production.

EVO increases efficiency in your workflow by storing critical media files in a centrally accessible system, and by enabling real-time editing directly over the network EVO eliminates the need for standalone RAIDs or individual drives for multiple workstations. Editors no longer have to worry about locating their media or managing duplicate files: With the proper setup they can just focus on editing.

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EVO Shared Storage Server — Advantages for Final Cut Pro X Editing Teams

EVO is a purpose-built networked storage server for professional media teams. Unlike generic SAN or NAS systems, EVO includes unique features that create new possibilities for collaboration within multi-user FCP X workgroups.

Shared FCPX libraries, solved

A well-known limitation of Final Cut Pro X is that its Libraries cannot be saved to, or opened on, a standard NAS share.

EVO solves the library problem with a unique file sharing and locking system built by SNS specifically for use with FCPX, enabling all of your editors to store and access FCP X Libraries directly from the shared, networked, EVO storage system.

High speed sharing, no switch required

EVO’s NLE-optimized networking and storage functions provide industry-leading performance for shared media with FCPX. Teams of editors can concurrently handle multiple streams of ProRes-based media, 4K, and other codecs via standard 1GbE and/or 10GbE network connections, and in most cases editors can connect their workstations directly to EVO, with no additional switch requirements.

Get organized with easy-to-use asset management

Every EVO includes ShareBrowser, an editor-friendly asset management application built to complement EVO and make it easier for multiple users to work together as a production team within the shared storage environment. With ShareBrowser, users can view proxies, verify data transfers, tag files, comment on, and search for assets across all EVO storage as well as local, offline, and other network disks.

Enhanced data protection

Centralized RAID protection, UPS monitoring, and custom network notifications protect your team from things like disk failure and file overwrites, and a unique shared Recycle Bin even protects against accidental file and folder deletion! Editors can rest assured that all of their critical media is safe and readily accessible.


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About Final Cut Pro X

Final Cut Pro X (FCP X or FCPX) has come a long way since its turbulent introduction as the rewritten-from-scratch successor to the venerated FCP 7. Apple now positions its flagship NLE for Mac as the future of post-production, offering revolutionary video editing, with powerful media organization and incredible performance for 4K video. With features like magnetic timeline and support for multicam projects, creative editors everywhere are now choosing FCPX over the competition for all kinds of video projects, including full-length major films.

“We grew the number of episodes during production and the staff kept growing. We had a show runner, nine producers, two executive producers, seven editors and four assistant editors — around 24 Final Cut Pro users reviewing and editing footage on EVO at any given time.”

Jose Berrios, post supervisor, Park Slope Productions, Alaskan Bush People

Final Cut Pro X Network Storage Workflows on EVO

EVO and ShareBrowser provide unique features that empower FCPX workgroups to be more collaborative. EVO gives you the choice to work the way you want to work, so you’ll have the flexibility to take on whatever comes your way. Here are three recommended strategies to use EVO within your FCP X workgroup:

FCP X Media Share

The most important files to share are the media files used to craft your final product. In some environments, users might want to only share access to these source media files, while keeping FCP X Libraries local and/or private. This is a very simple and straightforward approach to using shared storage with FCPX — it keeps the central storage workspaces tidy and fully leverages EVO’s high performance to do the heavy lifting of serving all of the video and audio files to everyone on the network.


FCP X Media Share + XML

With Apple’s architecture for Final Cut Pro X, the same Library cannot be accessed by more than one user at a time, period. There are a few methods available in FCPX to get logging and edit metadata between different FCPX Libraries: One of the more popular methods is to export/import XML files from other users’ FCPX Libraries. For this approach, in addition to a Media Share, FCPX editors can use an EVO share to exchange select copies of their Libraries, Events, Projects, or XML files with others, while keeping their open FCPX Libraries local.


FCP X Media Share + Libraries

(EVO v.5.8 and higher) Unique to EVO and ShareBrowser, FCPX editing teams can store their media and FCPX Libraries directly on a special EVO/FCPX share and securely access them without the risk of other editors accidentally overwriting protected in-progress work. By using the included ShareBrowser software, the whole team can easily see and keep track of who is working on any given FCPX Library and protect projects from unintended changes of in-progress work by other users. This method of sharing for FCPX is exclusive to EVO, and is the safest, most convenient, and most effective way for a sizable team to use Final Cut Pro X with network-based storage.

Final Cut Pro X 10.3 and above support Libraries and Media on SMB shares.

Learn how (and why) to de-consolidate media from FCPX libraries.



Network Storage Solutions for Any Size FCP X Workgroup

EVO works with professional NLE applications like FCP X, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, and DaVinci Resolve. There’s an EVO for every team regardless of its size.


16 Bay

EVO 16 Bay

High performance scalable storage for medium to large workgroups

The 16 bay EVO accommodates up to 80 drives per managed system, 28 GbE ports, 12 Fibre Channel ports, and multiple 10GbE ports.

8 Bay

EVO 8 Bay

High performance shared storage for small to medium workgroups

The 8 bay EVO accommodates up to 24 drives per managed system, up to 4 Fibre Channel ports, and multiple 10GbE ports.

Prodigy Desktop


Something big… figuratively speaking

EVO Prodigy Desktop is small, quiet, desktop storage with 4 x enterprise drives, for compressed workflows, mobile/field use, and studios without rack space.


See what users have to say about EVO

Bipolar Studio Builds Award-Winning VR Experiences with EVO

When Bipolar Studio started to expand their capabilities to include things like 8K & 10K resolutions and 32-bit VR CGI, they knew it would be impossible without the right shared storage solution. They needed a server that could not only help them get over the roadblocks in their current workflow but help them fully realize their potential.

Microsoft’s Channel 9 Studio Using EVO and TriCaster

Microsoft's Channel 9 is a full-blown production studio with over 3 million unique viewers every month. They deliver upwards of 100 videos in a given week, and they use EVO so that all of their raw footage, Premiere projects, graphics, and finished shows are safe and available from any machine, at any of their edit stations.



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