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bryson jones
Re: New to CatDV: how do you handle P.Pro Projects ?
on Jun 13, 2018 at 3:33:00 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.


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