The file based cameras used were: C300, Various panasonic P2 cameras, C300 Mk 2, go pros.
I used Shot Put Pro to offload camera cards to hard drives and so the card structures are duplicated but renamed on on the hard drives.
So if I want to pull clips from some shoot done in 2010, I have a drive with all the camera cards shot in 2010. The idea is to create a library & project with “leave media in place” ticked off, so then my project which will contain clip ranges I need to export and hand off will reference the camera cards on the archival disk, but not actually copy those clips into the library. I then make my selects, throw those clips in a project, share as whatever media type is desired. DONE.
I don’t care if the media is all missing from the library because it was never actually copied to the library, once the archival drive is disconnected. If I need further clips from 2010 I can always reconect that archival drive and do more work.
This workflow was very fast and efficient with the previously digitized tape material I also have on archival drives and X would allow me to ‘leave media in place’, which essentially means my library is tiny because no media is ever copied to the library. My goal is to do the same thing with the file based media but so far no luck. I have a couple of ideas I haven’t tried, but I’m hoping there is an easy way around the problem.