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  • New to CatDV: how do you handle P.Pro Projects ?

     Josh Nikon updated 2 years, 8 months ago 2 Members · 3 Posts
  • Josh Nikon

    June 12, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    We just got our installation of Catdv and as I’m throwing files in, I noticed that Premier Pro files like preview files, autosaves, and render files are showing up and actually going through worker node and making proxy files.. This clutters up the folders and catalogs contents for that project.

    How are you guys handling Premier Pro projects inside of catdv? Right now the project catalogs are just cluttered with random files.. and along the same lines there are release forms and random other files and photos that we want.. but are just all over the place.. how do you clean it up?

  • bryson jones

    June 13, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    Josh, welcome to The asset management world.

    The short answer is… don’t do that.

    I use two terms, curating vs shoveling. DAM systems are typically made for curated collections. In fact, none of those big million dollar DAMs will let you just shovel stuff in. CatDV is so flexible and powerful that it will often allow you do do things that you might not want to, like dump all your temp files in quickly.

    Some may not agree, but I advise my clients to store core, important assets in CatDV. If not, at least split things up into catalogs. As the old adage goes, you can pay now or you can pay later. Make it fast and drag everything in and you’ll find a mess later, right?

    That said, you can do a lot of curation in CatDV if you want to quickly import a bunch of “mess” and then filter and remove those clips by a number of methods, before things are processed. You can filter with the quick filter, or using the tree in multiple ways. There are a lot of ways to make this fast.

    Really, it’s all about those hard words, workflow and process. Speak to your integrator (or hire one if you don’t have one or your install project is complete) and have them outline some workflows for you. The tool is great, but just like the difference between having Premiere and “being an editor”, you have to now apply some thought and technique.

    We are known for very extensive deployments. Those are mostly not about “installing CatDV” that takes very little time. The hard work is everything else; file naming, file system organization, ingest and management processes, automation, etc.

    Hope this helps you get started with the process.


    bryson “at”

  • Josh Nikon

    June 13, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    Bryson! This is Josh from Arkansas. Things are rocking along with it fine. I have been mostly experimenting till we can get akomi installed. I have talked with some other users and I am thinking about using a scratch disk for premiere.. Either via facilis or thunderbolt attached ssd. That would give the editors a set destination for those files in the future when creating new projects.. rather than cluttering up the catalog. The editors seem to like this idea as well. Otherwise it is working good. I haven’t had any luck with the premiere panel though. Just sits and spins after putting in the server address.

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