YoYotta Preferences


When copying with the Finder, new files will be created with read + write permissions for the current user. These files will not be readable by other users.
When copying with YoYotta you can choose User, but it may be easier to choose Group or Everyone.
Group or Everyone will allow other users to read, write and delete the new files.

This only applies to new files created by YoYotta. Files on the source must be readable and YoYotta will warn if the permissions for any source files are preventing access. Use the Finder to change permissions, then reindex the source by clicking the refresh button above the Job table.


Extract Metadata When indexing a job extract metadata including timecode, duration and codec for video assets.

This will be ignored for LTFS tapes as it will take too long. Creating metadata will take time when working with large source drives or volumes. Metadata is optional and can be turned off. If the option is off then you can still create metadata in the Source Browser for specific folders.

Parse ALE, MD5, MHL files MHL and MD5 files can be parsed and the checksums used during verification. ARRI ALE will be parsed and the durations used to ensure all ARI or ARX frames are present.
If the files contain incorrect information or include files that are no longer on the source media, then this can be turned off. YoYotta will continue to verify jobs using internal checksums.
Changing this setting will not affect existing jobs. Parsing can be turned on in the Source Browser for individual jobs.

Create Thumbnails When indexing a job create thumbnails for video assets. The thumbnails are shown in the PDF reports.
This will be ignored for LTFS tapes as it will take too long. Creating thumbnails will take time when working with large source drives or volumes. Thumbnails are optional and can be turned off. If needed you can create metadata and thumbnails in the Source Browser for specific folders.

Strict file and folder naming When archiving camera footage we suggest using only these characters: [ a-z ], [ A-Z ], [ 0-9 ], [ . ], [ _ ], [ - ] in file and folder names. This is a requirement for studio uploads.
When turned On YoYotta will be strict and warn about other characters. Rename the files or folders and then reindex the job. This setting will be too strict for jobs with other files and documents.
So no spaces in file name or paths.
When turned off you can use almost any characters. There are still some that are illegal for cross platform use.

Auto Open Source Browser Open the Source Browser automatically when adding a new job.


Copy linked files and folders
Links are a way for applications like FCPX to reference files that are in another place on your storage. When a source with links is indexed LNK will be shown in the file type table. If there are linked files in the source then normally YoYotta will create the same links on the destination. So the material will not be part of the archive. Then when the archive is restored the links will point back to the original material, assuming it is still there.

Turn on Copy linked files and folders to copy the linked files. After turning this on refresh the source and YoYotta will reindex and the size of the source will increase. The archive will then be self contained and can be restored without needing the linked material.
Internally in macOS these links are symlinks. Aliases are similar to links, but they are unique to the Finder. So YoYotta does not copy them. Aliases will not work on other operating systems or LTFS.

Split image sequences
Images sequences consist of sequentially numbered frames like DPX or EXR. When copying a folder with a sequence YoYotta will not split up the sequence. So if a destination does not have enough space then YoYotta will copy the entire sequence to the next tape or drive listed as a destination.
If the sequence is large, like 90 minutes of 4K DPX this may be more than will fit on a drive or tape.
To allow this to be archived set a number of frames (for example 10000) and turn on Split image sequences. Now YoYotta will try to fit as many 10,000 frame parts, moving on when the destination is full.
The minimum is 5000 frames.
If you have already indexed a source then after turning this on or changing the number of frames click the refresh above the Job table.
Note that this does not change the folder structure on the destination.


Source verify
This is a double check of the source files read about it here.
Quick Verify
Normally YoYotta reads back all files to verify them.
You should let this complete before erasing the camera card, deleting the source material or returning the drive.
Turning Quick Verify on will disable this full verify.
YoYotta always calculates MD5 and xxHash checksums regardless of this setting.
Keep Quick Verify turned off when archiving to perform a full verification of each destination.
Turn Quick Verify on when restoring to skip the full verify.
Quick Verify cannot be used when spanning tapes.
More details about verifying.


Read about release and beta software versions here.

Read about error logs here.


By default YoYotta will store image thumbnails in a YoYottaCache folder in user Documents. If required they can be stored on another volume.

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