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How to use NFS on a Thunderbolt™-compatible NAS for use with Apple Final Cut Pro in a real-time video editing environment

The “Library” function in Apple Final Cut Pro does not support file sharing using Samba or AFP. Nevertheless, you can use NFS (Network File System) to mount shared folders and import the materials to the Final Cut Pro Library. With Thunderbolt’s high-speed transmission and the Library function of Final Cut Pro, it makes video editing more efficient.

The following instructions will guide you in using the Final Cut Pro Library with the NAS running NFS:

1. Log into the QTS as an administrator, go to “Control Panel” > “Network Services” > “Win/Mac/NFS” > “NFS Service”, and then enable NFS v2/v3 service.

2. Go to “Privilege Settings” > “Shared Folders”, click “Edit Shared Folder Permission”, and then select “NFS host access” in the “Select permission type” drop-down menu. Configure the permission for NFS host access by entering allowed IP addresses, host names or domain names, and then set the corresponding access rights. Click “Apply” when finished.






3. There are two ways to mount shared folders on your Mac.

  1. Using Qfinder Pro.

    Open Qfinder Pro and click “Network Devices”.

    Choose ”NFS (Final Cut Pro)”.

    Enter the name of the shared folder on your NAS.


     
  2. On your Mac, go to “Finder” > “Go”, and then select “Connect to Server”.

    Enter the IP address of the Thunderbolt port and the shared folder name. Click “Connect” to connect to the NAS.

4. The connected device should be displayed in the Shared section of any Finder window.

5. Open Final Cut Pro X (Version 7.0 and newer) and create a new Library.

6. Enter a name for the library and choose the NFS shared folder to save the library.

7. Select “Import Media”.



8. You can now easily copy or move clips, projects and events between libraries and hard disks.

Release date: 2015-10-12
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