Indexing LTFS tapes

After a job completes, the database is updated with information about the files that have been copied and verified.
However you can also index LTFS tapes and add then to the database without copying them.

Add tape

Put the tape into the drive, click the + button, select the tape and click Add Selected.

Open Source Browser

Click the folder button above the Job table to open the Source Browser.


The tape will be automatically mounted and indexed. The current Collection and Project are show in the top left. Click to open the Collection + Project panel.

Embedded Metadata

YoYotta embeds clip metadata when creating tapes. To read this from the tape during indexing turn on Extract Metadata in Preferences. Then check in the Source Browser to see the clip metadata.

Before writing each tape ensure that the source material has metadata. YoYotta will then embed this metadata onto the tape.

Extracting new Metadata

Here the tape was created without adding embedded metadata. When indexing YoYotta will not extract new clip metadata from tapes like this as this would be a slow process. It is possible to do this for selected folders by clicking the Extract metadata button. Likewise with Thumbnails, when indexing these will not be created for tape sources. If required use Extract Metadata and Create Thumbnails.

Open an existing project

Projects are grouped together in Collections. Select a Collection, then select and open an existing project.

Add a new project

Select an existing Collection or create a new Collection by clicking + and entering a Collection name.
Collections names could be clients, years, type of work or just have one collection for all projects.

Then click + to create a new Project. Enter the new project name. If working with camera footage select the usual frame rate and click OK. YoYotta uses the frame rate to flag off speed shots, but it's not critical to set this.

Store Index

Click the Store Index button to store an index or snapshot of files.
A browsable index of all the files on tape will be stored in the Project Browser.

Create reports

Click the book icon at the bottom of the main panel to open the Project Browser. In the Browser you can select the tape and then export ALE, CSV, MD5, MHL and PDF reports for all assets.

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