ShareStation and Jellyfish were designed in part because all the shared storage solutions for FCPX we looked at were flawed in some major way. So we decided that we might as well make our own solution that performed the way we needed it to.
— Sam Mestman: LumaForge CEO

We built our servers from the ground up to take full advantage of the power of FCPX

Most Final Cut Pro X facilities edit with their Libraries from a local volume, referencing media that lives on a Storage Area Network (SAN) or Network Attached Storage (NAS). The reasons for this have nothing to do with FCPX, but instead have far more to do with how FCPX needs to be integrated in a collaborative environment to be able to work effectively.

  • In a traditional SAN environment (especially XSAN environments), FCPX Libraries have a difficult time because SAN’s by nature don’t handle small database-driven files well, which is exactly what FCPX requires in order to work quickly and effectively.  This causes FCPX cache, waveform, and analysis files to perform poorly in a SAN environment.
  • On most NAS based storage, FCPX Libraries and media management commands will not work because NAS storage is typically shared through AFP or SMB Protocols, which are not designed to work with the FCPX Library Architecture.

The ShareStation & Jellyfish are the only shared storage solutions that have been optimized to meet the demanding performance requirements of the Final Cut Pro X Library Architecture, and waveform/thumbnail caching. Our extensive FCPX optimization, allows you to seamlessly work with your FCPX Libraries directly from your server and collaborate with other editors across all of your Mac clients as if your libraries lived directly on SSD storage.

There is no other shared storage system in the world that comes close to the FCPX performance that LumaForge has achieved.

Watch our team demo FCPX 10.3 at the Los Angeles Creative Professional User Group

Sam Mestman, Patrick Southern and Gergana Angelova walked us through a brand new narrative workflow built around the new FCPX 10.3 update and a Lumaforge Jellyfish. They demonstrated automated syncing, organization, and renaming, as well as automated Pro Tools input and Wide color gamut management for DCP render and delivery.

See how LumaForge helped Swiss National Television transition from 7 to X


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A Jellyfish rides along on an OB truck and  works seamlessly with EVS and FCPX 

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We Make Movies brought a Jellyfish on-set and with FCPX cut their post production time in half!

"Off the Grid" used a collaborative RED RAW workflow using Final Cut Pro X and the LumaForge Jellyfish. The We Make Movies original TV pilot utilized a great suite of tools to make the post production process as easy as possible. Shot Notes X was used to add the Script Supervisor's notes to the footage.

Read the entire 5 part series on for a deep dive into an FCPX, Jellyfish, RED workflow.

Part 1       Part 2       Part 3       Part 4       Part 5

LumaForge knows FCPX. Get in touch with one of our workflow experts today and let us get your editors working together.