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  • Mon, Apr 7 2008 3:14 PM

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    How can I assign or designate the media to be captured to a specific folder on an external drive?

    Hi guys,

    How can I assign or designate the media to be captured to a specific folder on an external drive?

    When I create any new project on my external drive, it has a MXF Folder which it created by default on that drive and inside that folder, it created a folder called "1". 

    All the media is captured from the deck into that "1" folder for any project that I create.

    I cannot figure out how to assign a separate folder to capture media for each separate project.

    Can anyone help me with this please?

    Thanks,

    Zia


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  • Mon, Apr 7 2008 3:21 PM In reply to

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    Re: How can I assign or designate the media to be captured to a specific folder on an external drive?

    I'm not sure you can unless you were to create a virtual drive for each project. I know that you can create a "2" folder instead of the "1" but bouncing between them is not something I've ever done. maybe someone else here has.

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  • Mon, Apr 7 2008 3:28 PM In reply to

    Re: How can I assign or designate the media to be captured to a specific folder on an external drive?

    I don't think you can bounce back and forth either, but you could do this:

    Hide your "1" folder from the system by moving it outside of your Avid MediaFiles folder.  Then capture all of the media you need to that same drive (a new "1" folder will be created.)  Then, change your other folder to "2" and drop it back in. 

    While the system would automatically distribute any new files to either folder, at least your main digitized files would be separated. 

    Otherwise, look into a program like MediaMover that will move files after the fact.


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  • Mon, Apr 7 2008 3:37 PM In reply to

    Re: How can I assign or designate the media to be captured to a specific folder on an external drive?

     Avid's media management scheme is automatic. All MXF associated media files are stored in numerical folders within the MXF folder, with a new folder being created when the first folder reaches 5,000 files.  This is done to keep the media database files managable.  You DO NOT want to place media files anywhere else but where the system is placing them automatically - in the numerical folders. Otherwise, the system will not be able to find any of your media.  You should use the media tool, which will allow you to access media files by project.  All media management on your part should be done through the media tool. Do not attempt to do this at the desktop level or you can really foul yourself up big time.

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  • Mon, Apr 7 2008 3:49 PM In reply to

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    Re: How can I assign or designate the media to be captured to a specific folder on an external drive?

    Fine, but that is really weird.

    In FCP, you can create and designate to a new folder for capturing media for any project to keep media separated.

    Avid MC is the daddy of FCP.

    There's got to be a way to assign a folder to capture media for each separate project.

    Thanks again,

    Zia

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    Re: How can I assign or designate the media to be captured to a specific folder on an external drive?

    And how is FCP's media management? Not so great. Sure you can create all sorts of folders for capture, after that, good luck relinking, consolidating, moving, sifting, sorting, etc.


    This is not FCP. If you try to drive it like it is, you'll just frustrate yourself.

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  • Mon, Apr 7 2008 3:58 PM In reply to

    Re: How can I assign or designate the media to be captured to a specific folder on an external drive?

    zia:

    In FCP, you can create and designate to a new folder for capturing media for any project to keep media separated.

     

    Maybe, but that's not the way Avid works. You're comparing apples to oranges. Avid's media management strategy is to do all of the media file organizing and management in the background so the user doesn't have to deal with it.  Thanks to this system, you practically cannot accidentally delete media files, unlike in FCP.  There is absolutely no need to manually organize media on a project by project basis. As I said before, if your media files are placed anywhere else except in an "OMFI MediaFIles" folder or an "Avid MediaFiles" folder (for MXF) ALL OF THAT MEDIA WILL BE OFFLINE AND UNUSABLE.

    If I may offer a bit of advice, don't spend your time comparing Avid to FCP or trying to make Avid work like FCP. Learn the interface with an open, objective attitude and you'll grow to love it.

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  • Mon, Apr 7 2008 4:25 PM In reply to

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    Re: How can I assign or designate the media to be captured to a specific folder on an external drive?

    Guys,

    That's what I said. "MC is the DADDY of FCP"!

    All I'm saying that there must be a way to keep media separated for each project.

    That's all.

    Zia

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    Re: How can I assign or designate the media to be captured to a specific folder on an external drive?

    So, when you say "Must", do you mean that you don't believe us or are you making a feature request?

    As we said, there are all sorts of ways to keep media separated by project. You just can't have them all online at the same time without some closely watched organization on your part. In addition, because of Avid's superior media management, there is really no reason to  separate your media on the finder level as there is on FCP. Through the media tool, you can sift, sort, display, move consolidate any of your media by project any time you wish. You can also use media mover to pull out an entire project's media for archiving at any time.


    I think that you are just used to FCP's poor media management and are trying to apply that workflow to a system that really has no need for it.

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  • Mon, Apr 7 2008 4:36 PM In reply to

    Re: How can I assign or designate the media to be captured to a specific folder on an external drive?

     If you find a way to put MXF and OMFI media files somewhere else than we've indicated and have everything comeup online and usable, please come back and post your "discovery" here.

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    Re: How can I assign or designate the media to be captured to a specific folder on an external drive?

    I think the question that needs to be asked is why do you want to have separate media folders for each project. If you answer that then we can show you how to use the media tool or the consolidate command to achieve it.

    As others have already said, there is no need to have separate media folders in avid. Although I would like a way to keep renders separate, but that's another issue.

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  • Mon, Apr 7 2008 7:49 PM In reply to

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    Re: How can I assign or designate the media to be captured to a specific folder on an external drive?

     If you are that desperate to keep the media seperate you could partition your drives  and name them as per project. Not with media already on them obviously.

    To keep a close eye on my media with larger projects I name each partiton with the show number and make sure I render to that then consolidate any generic material to a generic partion so every prog is completely seperate this keeps database sizes down and at the end I can delete whole partitions without deleting anything from other shows.

     

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  • Mon, Apr 7 2008 8:58 PM In reply to

    Re: How can I assign or designate the media to be captured to a specific folder on an external drive?

     I do something similar, each of my drives/partitions are named for what I use them for:

     

    ie, drives that I capture to are named "Capture_01", "Capture_02", etc

    drives that I render to are named "Render_01", etc

    drives for imported media... "Imports_01"

    and so on.

    Then when I'm creating something like a Title or rendering a sequence... I choose one of my Render drives.

     

     

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  • Mon, Apr 7 2008 10:24 PM In reply to

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    Re: How can I assign or designate the media to be captured to a specific folder on an external drive?

    It's a good way to work Kenton so many times I've seen projects get cluttered or drives go over the recommended file count and surprise surprise once your at that stage it's really hard to get everything back to full working order.

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  • Mon, Apr 7 2008 10:30 PM In reply to

    Re: How can I assign or designate the media to be captured to a specific folder on an external drive?

    Blue Crow:
    ...once your at that stage it's really hard to get everything back to full working order
     

    That's why I prefer working exclusively in MXF - every 5,000 files generates a new numerical folder without my having to deal with it directly. Keeps the databases lean and mean. Just my personal preference, but I'd rather spend my time editing with as minimal an amount of "hands on" media file management as possible.

     

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