Our IT department recently set me up with a new RAID drive with 2 dedicated to redundancy. I believe it will be about 15TB (which is small I know) but will get us by for the time being.
Currently I work off of three 3TB Seagate drives (bad idea I know) that all have some of the same footage on it but it was more or less, trying to add more footage once I got more. It was something I would have loved to streamline up front but did not have the experience and was afraid to ask for a large RAID.
I work in a Construction industry and I visit job sites. I go out and film on the sites and bring the footage back and copy it over. My current method is copy my footage over to the latest 3TB drive. I place it in a folder based on the Division that I went to visit or Department. I pretty much create an archive and link to it because for some projects, I am using footage from a variety of divisions and past work sites. This makes project specific folders difficult. I also save everything to a dedicated server (slow remote server) as back-up in case everything were to fail.
I want to create a organization and saving method that would make sense.
Is there anyone here with a similar field they are in that can shed some light on ways they save? I do all of the filming/editing/motion graphics(work with our graphic designer)/audio editing/special effects.
So I will work with video formats, audio files, illustrator, photoshop, fonts, after effects and Premiere project files.
Just looking for some clarity on my end. Thank you and have a great one! If you have any other questions, please let me know.
While this suggestion is not about a specific folder/directory structure, I think it gets to the heart of your organization goals. Are you familiar with Square Box System's cataloging software: CatDV? I'd suggest looking at a copy to help you keep track of your media assets. There's a free trial. (there's a CatDV forum here on Creative Cow)
You might also be interested in Imagine's ShotPut Pro for creating naming conventions as well as automatically offloading/transferring media to multiple locations.
Sorry - you may already be familiar with these solutions and just want a better folder/directory convention - but just in case...