Apple has introduced Final Cut Server. The new server application provides media asset management and workflow automation. The scaleable server application supports workgroups of any size, according to Apple. It also includes a cross-platform client that enables content browsing, review and approval from within a studio or over the Internet.

Final Cut Server automatically catalogues large collections of assets, catalogues content, generating thumbnails and low resolution clip proxies in the process, and enables searching across multiple volumes via an intuitive user interface, says Apple. Final Cut Server can configure a range of highly specific access controls that define user permissions on an asset or project basis.

Final Cut Server also includes customisable templates that manage workflow. A watch-and-respond system can be configured to track the progress of assets, alert editors as projects move through the production pipeline and automatically notify producers by email when a project is ready for evaluation. In addition, location-independent review and approval tools enable clients to view, annotate and approve content from anywhere, says Apple.

Final Cut Server will be available this summer for £649 for one server and 10 concurrent client licenses, and £1,299 for one server and unlimited client licenses. (Prices include VAT).

Apple has also updated its suite of video editing applications. Final Cut Studio 2 includes Final Cut Pro 6, Motion 3, Soundtrack Pro 2, Compressor 3, DVD Studio Pro 4.2, and introduces Color.