Posts Tagged ‘FCSvr’

The Mystery Banquet

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Apparently I like food themed analogies and I arrived at this next one to help a client understand why my answers to his many questions about Final Cut Server were laden with caveats. The problem wasn’t with what he was asking, on the contrary his questions were perfectly valid, they were just focused on the details, when what we needed to do was develop an understanding of the bigger picture. In order to help facilitate this shift in perspective I suggested we should plan a large meal with multiple courses. To his credit my client agreed to indulge me and sat down with a notepad ready to devise our banquet.

“Which wine should we serve with our main course?” I asked.

And that was that, he twigged immediately what I was driving at. Whilst he was more than capable of recommending several good bottles we could try, it would be difficult know if the selection was appropriate until we’d answered some more fundamental questions about our theoretical feast. The same is true when you’re planning your workflow. You need to understand each event and how it relates to every other stage in the process before you get distracted with the details.

Ready Steady Post

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Each week on Ready Steady Cook the chefs are presented with a batch of ingredients from which they’re expected to rustle up a gourmet meal. If you’re about to deploy a new workflow, I’d recommend you do your best to steer away from cobbling together your new system in this way. Awkward moments abound if the equipment budget has been spent before you realise what you’re really trying to accomplish. This is especially true if you’re planning to bring in outside support. Do your best to consult with a specialist early in the process. Whilst it may be less adventurous to correctly determine what your requirements before you start, selecting the right pieces may just be the key to making your goals a reality.

Understanding Workflow

Monday, February 8th, 2010

As you’d imagine I spend an inordinate amount of my time helping people understand and define workflows. When you do this day in, day out you inevitably begin to develop strategies to clarify the nature of the task. “Do you think it’s possible,” I ask, “that we could ask everyone in the organisation to outline how they make a cup of tea without anyone mentioning that we should plug the kettle in?”

When I review your workflow, whether that be to extend your use of the Final Cut Studio applications or integrate Xsan and Final Cut Server, we need to reflect carefully on each and every step. It’s vital that we create this awareness and fully develop the of body knowledge about what you do so that the system we design properly meets your requirements. It’s at this moment that cold cup of tea you’re drinking really matters.