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Florian Gintenreiter
Correctly archiving Projects?
on Jan 8, 2015 at 9:01:38 pm

I have graded a feature-film last year. I worked on the grade way before editing was finished and picture-lock took a while, so I had all the camera-footage on my media drive so that I could swap or replace a shot easily if need be and believe me that need did arise.
Now that the film has been released and final tweaks are done I wanted to archive the project off my main Raid to a backup location. There is no need for me to keep all the camera-footage that is not used in the cut, because it's backed-up elsewere but I want to archive all the media that's in the cut to be able to quickly change something should the need arise.
In order to do that I followed the steps outlined in the DaVinci 11 Manual (November 2014 Edition) on page 381.

- Consolidated all the clips used in the Timeline to an external location, preserving the directory-structure. (I consolidated the whole source clips and did not trim them.)
- Saved the Project under a new File-Name
- Removed all the clips from the media pool
- Right-clicked the sequence in the Edit/Timelines view and did Import > Additional Clips With Tight Filename Match
- The timeline was now referring the the consolidated files at the backup-location, but all the grades were removed from the timeline.

I solved that bay using color-trace and used the timeline still pointing to the original media-files as a source and thus was able to put back all the grades on my timeline pointing to the archived media, but I doubt that was the correct way of doing this. Had I not saved a copy of the project before I removed all the clips from the timeline, I would have lost my grades for good.
It seems removing the clips from the media-pool also removed their grades even though the timeline was still in the project.
How do I correctly do what I did in the future?



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Margus Voll
Re: Correctly archiving Projects?
on Jan 8, 2015 at 9:26:00 pm

If you have same names and tc in consolidated files then trimmed files should connect correctly without colortrace.



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Glenn Sakatch
Re: Correctly archiving Projects?
on Jan 9, 2015 at 3:18:49 pm

If you are keeping all the source files used...not trimming anyway, I would just export the final version of your project.

If you want to rebuild it, import that project, select the clips in your media pool, and do a "change source folder" to the location of your consolidated clips.

Same as if you had to switch hard drives at some point or transfer the project to another system.


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Clark Bierbaum
Re: Correctly archiving Projects?
on Jan 10, 2015 at 1:05:07 am

Can't say enough good about: if on Mac. Great tool!

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Sascha Haber
Re: Correctly archiving Projects?
on Jan 10, 2015 at 12:45:04 pm

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