Edit Fi­nal Cut Pro X Pro­jects on Syn­ol­ogy DiskSta­tions

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.