Apple has incorporated the Xsan server tools along with StorNext 7 features into the next Big Sur beta that is available today.

Xsan started off as Apple's branded version of StorNext, a SAN or storage area network for macOS. The Xserves and Xserve RAIDs have long gone, but there are still many installations that use Xsan with fibre channel, especially when it comes to sharing out large amounts of data between workstations and edit suites.

Xsan used to be an add-on purchase that enabled shared storage per client until 2011 when it became integrated with the macOS (Lion). It has been part of every Mac operating system since, including Big Sur and supporting M1 silicon Macs.

The availability of Beta 2 of Big Sur 11.3 brings two changes for Xsan/StorNext users.

First is that the new beta brings the functionality of StorNext 7 from Quantum. This allows a smooth upgrade and more features for the smaller shop.

Second is the integration of the administrative tools into the macOS that can be accessed via the command line. This means you don't have to run an instance of macOS Server, it will also allow control using scripting for example.

Now, we don't suggest any IT admin installs the beta today on any system that is mission critical, especially when it comes to high-speed data networking! However, you can download the macOS Big Sur 11.3 Beta 2 from Apple's Developer site. Once logged in go Discover/macOS.



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I have also worked as a broadcast and corporate editor for over 30 years, starting on one inch tape, working through many formats, right up to today's NLEs.

Under the name Idustrial Revolution, I have written and sold plugins for Final Cut Pro for 13 years.

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2020 has been busy, the beginning of the year was finishing off a new property series (cut on FCP) for Channel 4 called The Great House Giveaway. I also designed and built the majority of the graphics as Motion templates. It has been a great success and the shows grabbed more viewers in the 4pm weekday slot than any previous strand. It has been recommissioned by C4 for 60 episodes, including prime-time versions and five themed programmes. The shows have also been nominated for a 2021 BAFTA.

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Although both were postponed to later in the year, I worked again on ITV's coverage of the Tour de France and La Vuelta. 2020 was my 25th year of editing the TdF and my 20th year as lead editor. The Tour was the first broadcast show to adopt FCPX working for multiple editors on shared storage.


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BBC's Snooker has played a big part in my life, I've been editing tournament coverage since 1997. I'm proud to be part of a very creative team that has pioneered many new ideas and workflows that are now industry standard in sports' production. This is currently an Adobe Premiere edit.

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Covid cancelled some of the regular corporate events that I edit such as trade shows & events. I was lucky however to edit, from home, on projects for Amazon Kindle, Amazon Black Friday, Mastercard and very proud to have helped local charitable trust Kendall & Wall secure lottery funding.

As for software, my weapon of choice is Final Cut Pro and Motion, but I also have a good knowledge and broadcast credits with Adobe Premiere Pro, MOGRT design and Photoshop.

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I'm the creative force behind Idustrial Revolution, one of the oldest Final Cut Pro plugin developers. It hosts a range of commercial and free plugins on the site. One free plugin was downloaded over a thousand times within 24 hours of release.

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JoeEditor replied the topic: #112757 18 Feb 2021 14:43
Ah, the golden by-gone days of Final Cut Server. Apple should never have ripped that rug out from under us. It was an amazing system.
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peteramwiggins replied the topic: #112760 18 Feb 2021 15:01
It is the backbone of FCP :)  
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martin.schneider-lau replied the topic: #112771 19 Feb 2021 13:40
Thanks Peter for this information.
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JoeEditor replied the topic: #112772 19 Feb 2021 13:49

It is the backbone of FCP :)

FCPX has nothing of FCSvr in it.  There's no collaborative tools in FCP which is what FCSvr was for.  Keywords are not universal. No, FCSvr is gone, it is not inside FCPX.  I don't buy that argument at all.