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  • Sharing Library and merging metadata.

     Mark Smith updated 7 years ago 3 Members · 23 Posts
  • Mark Smith

    February 20, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    I have a 720 something gig library and I’m in the organization process with that material, which is to say I am screening, favoriting, tagging, keywording, adding metadata, putting clips in proper events. I’d like to make a copy of the library, which resides on a raid, onto a smaller drive so I can take it on the road with me and continue adding metadata and organizing while I’m away on a shoot. I am not going to start any projects with this copy of the library.

    If I do this how do I bring the work I’ve done while away back into my original library ( raid drive0? No media will be added while I work remotely. I’m just adding metadata to existing material.

    Is this even possible, and what would I need to do?

  • Noah Kadner

    February 21, 2016 at 5:01 am

    You can export/reimport XML-that’s the simplest way.


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  • Mark Smith

    February 21, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Thanks – I thought that might be the option but hadn’t had time to test that path. I really didn’t want to be wasting my effort or complicating the project in some unnecessary way.


  • Jeremy Garchow

    February 21, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    Why not just use the same library?

    Work in library at work, take it in the shoot and work on it there, take the library back to work. Work on it at work, etc.

    If the media is on separate drives, relink.

    I do this often between a SAN at work, and smaller USB drives on the road.

  • Mark Smith

    February 21, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    The main project drive is on a 4 drive raid which is more bulky than I care to travel with considering that I already have all my shoot gear to manage, extra bags etc. I’m at the point of “if I add one more thing to my travel pack something is going to break” hence the idea of copying the library to a small travel drive and working on that since all I am really doing at this point is tagging and bagging as they say .

  • Jeremy Garchow

    February 21, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    I have a 4TB hard drive that’s the size of a deck of cards.

    750GBs is easy enough.

    This adds virtually no size and or weight to a backpack with a laptop:

  • Mark Smith

    February 22, 2016 at 3:43 am

    Oh sure but bringing the conversation back around to the original starting point. My original library is on a 4 tb 4 drive raid which is bulky and I don’t care to travel that drive. I copied the library to a 2 to drive which is easier to travel and. Will allow me to continue screening and and adding meta data. I just want to be able to bring said metadata that I add while on the road back into the library on the original raid drive since that is what I will use for the edit . A metadata XMLexport from the travel drive after I’ve added metadata that is then imported into the main library drive seems like a reasonable path.

  • Jeremy Garchow

    February 22, 2016 at 3:55 am

    XML will duplicate your events and then merging the duped events will dupe metadata. It’s much easier to simply pass a library file around.

    I propose to simply move the actual library file between your road and other setup. Simply reconnect the library to whatever media location you want.

  • Mark Smith

    February 23, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    I did find another useful tip by Larry Jordan about transferring a library where media is managed to a library where media is external . If I am thinking about this in the right way I could set myself up with a library for this project with 2 media locations, both external and be able have one sit on my desk and the other on a travel drive for remote work . I’ll investigate this option further once I get back to my desk.

  • Mark Smith

    February 23, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    THe link now that the Internet is cooperating

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