We are dealing with a lot of DVCPro HD footage, 1000's of hours across 7 or 8 programmes and growing.
We currently have 2 people logging the content with CatDV proxies. There is a huge backlog, it looks like it'll take them about 4/5 months per programme. They are logging for clip sales etc
Our current productions have new footage coming in all the time; a Researcher will log and digitize this simultaneously to our SAN, the notes are then passed on to the producer and editor.
I will then back up the DVCPro HD footage to LTO via Bru Server whilst it's live & being worked with. I will then also create proxies for the loggers (We have a huge backlog of material, and a short turn around for WIP, so I can't see a way of killing two birds with one stone and having the researchers log and capture with CatDV... too much work if they're helping the producer etc)
Is this a sensible workflow? Am I missing a trick or...
I have to say that "taking too long" is a relative thing.
How much footage, how much detail, how valuable is the footage? Right? I'm on projects now that will take years to log and that's not an issue.
For instance, I've seen 2 people drop 45,000 assets into CatDV with basic logging data in 2 weeks. Not a lot of individual metadata but they got the basics.
I've also seen a team of 6 loggers rolling 16 hours a day (2 shifts) take almost 2 months to log 2,000 hours of footage because the level of detail was deep. (almost 2X realtime due to transcription, coffee breaks and detailed reality logging.)
Your workflow sounds solid. Be sure to catalog what goes where on the LTO tapes and you should have a decent archive with a path back to most anything you want to retrieve.
Maybe take a look at PresSTORE for the archive since you have an LTO drive already. They integrate with the Worker Node and you can send assets to archive and receive back the archive ID and status from the app without more typing. Good folks too.