Edit Final Cut Pro X Projects on Synology DiskStations

September 21, 2017 | 1 min read

A while ago I started using Final Cut Pro X for my projects and two days ago I bought a Synology DS1817+ to store my project files. The setup was easy but when I tried to open one of my Final Cut projects from the network share using Samba, I got an error message:

Unsupported volume type. Choose a local, SAN or supported SMB location.

I decided to go with SMB since this is the only feasible option here. After some digging, a support page for Final Cut shed some light on the potential problem. Apparently, Synology's configuration of the Samba server was missing some modules that are needed for Final Cut to accept the share.

Adding the suggested line to Synology's /etc/samba/smb.conf didn't work and caused the connection to fail immediately. Thanks to a post by the Reddit user /u/TheMonarchsWrath, I was able to find a configuration that works perfectly by following these steps:

SSH into the Synology DiskStation (you have to activate SSH using the web interface first if you haven't done so yet) and gain root access using:

$ sudo -i

Edit the Samba configuration file:

$ vi /etc/samba/smb.conf

Insert the following line at the end (quick vi guide: press i, insert the text, then press ESC, enter :wq and press ENTER):

vfs objects=catia,fruit,streams_xattr

Copy the config file to etc.defaults:

$ cp /etc/samba/smb.conf /etc.defaults/samba/smb.conf

Restart the Samba server:

$ /usr/syno/etc.defaults/rc.sysv/S80samba.sh restart

And voilà! You can now use your DiskStation to store and edit Final Cut projects 🎉

Pro Tip: To prevent Finder from connecting to the DiskStation using AFP, disable the protocol using the web interface. It is deprecated by Apple anyway and the new versions of SMB are superior.