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Trevor Lawler
Avid ISIS Workspace Setup
on Dec 27, 2012 at 9:55:42 pm

Can you guys give me some basic examples of ISIS workspace setups for production companies with multiple projects?

Right now we have only worked single projects at a time, though now, in the coming year, will have several different project running concurrently on the same unity.

Should, for example, the original sole GFX partition be labeled, PROJECT_A_GFX, with a second PROJECT_B_GFX drive being used for a second project? Or is there a better labeling and organizational method we should follow?

Thanks everyone!


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Mike Jeffs
Re: Avid ISIS Workspace Setup
on Jan 4, 2013 at 7:43:02 pm

It’s funny I just had this discussion with a college of mine who runs 3 or 4 isis 5000 systems and allarge isis 7000. They have a lot of project going simultaneously. With many editors hitting the system at the same time. Basically they only create 5 workspaces

1) Is the Avid Media Files workspace so all of the MXF folder structure sits in there
2) Is the Avid Project and Bins workspace
3) Non Avid Media workspace. This is where all the MOVs Tiff Jpegs After effects etc live. Also all of the non-Avid Software projects live here as well
4) Protools workspace. All of the sessions and media live here.
5) Masters or Final Exports workspace. This is where all finished media lives.


Hope that helps if not oh well :)


We on the other hand have decided to go the project based approach. One workspace that contains everything related to the project. Source files, Avid Media, Project Files, Non Avid Media etc. This makes it easier for us to then archive our projects to a simple LTO tape system. Our nameing convention is pretty simple too (E.g Year-Month-Day-ShowName)

Within the workpace we create a simple file folder structure

Avid Media Files/
Project/
Source Files/
Motion Graphics and Effects/
Color correction/
Audio/ (within audio we have a To audio folder and than a From Audio Folder)
Exports/
DVD/ (on occasion)

Mike Jeffs
Video Coordinator
BYU-Idaho


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Trevor Lawler
Re: Avid ISIS Workspace Setup
on Jan 4, 2013 at 9:21:04 pm

Thanks for the reply Mike! This was all great advice.

- Trevor


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