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There is a plethora of drives available to you when editing in YSTV, this guide should give you some idea of how to use them and where various files should live. These drives are all found under their names and letters in Computer on each Windows PC.

Editing workflow
  • Capture: You should capture directly to P: (in most cases usb will be the bottleneck).
  • Editing session: Edit directly from P:.
  • Finishing a show and exporting: Export your show to D: and then copy to S:. (In case of network glitches, there are live rabbits in the server rack I KID YOU NOT)

Local drives

Local means the drives are inside the PCs you are sitting at.

Tempvideo (D:)

This is a 500GB drive. This is currently being phased out for editing use. Adobe Scratch will remain local but don't worry about this.

  • Don't copy anything to this drive
  • If possible copy your show back to Pending Edits and delete the local copy.

Network drives

Network drives are inside servers in the rack behind the sound desk. They are accessed over the station network.

Vault contains a RAID 5 array consisting of 4x1TB drives giving 3TB of usage storage (Soon to be upgraded with a raid card). This is backed by a 220GB SSD cache meaning capture and editing can normally write to the array faster than the internal drives in the edit machines. This has resulted in the retirement of the TempVideo drives.

This drive is backed up nightly to the backup server, and is in a redundant RAID 5 array - so it would take a total of 4 simultaneous hard disk failures (or a FIRE) to lose data, which is highly unlikely.

Pending Edits (P:)

This mounts as P: and should contain:

  • All in-progress productions including images, music, captured video and the project (.prproj) files.
  • Editing is done directly from this drive.
  • After capturing, the captured files should be copied here and spot-checked before you relinquish the tapes.

Finished Shows (S:)

This mounts as S: and should contain only completed productions, and is where the website pulls video files from for encoding and adding as live videos.

  • Do not export directly to this drive (as your export will fail if the network glitches or becomes busy).
  • Export to Tempvideo instead and copy to here afterwards.
  • Once your show is up on the website, you should delete your files in Pending Edits and Tempvideo, as this drive preserves a high-quality copy of finished shows (e.g. for NaSTA).

Note that this drive will likely get wiped shortly after NaSTA, and the HD playout videos will become the high-quality archive.

Show Resources (R:)

This mounts as R:. Ongoing shows often generate files such as title sequences, running orders, music and graphics, which should be preserved here. This is also where VTs should be uploaded to.

This also contains:

  • A stock footage folder, where anything which you feel may come in handy later should go (be selective here, not everything you captured)
  • The station image library, for photos, graphics and logos relevant to many future productions and Commercial Team use.

Documents (O:)

This mounts as O: and should contain documents that are considered important but not overly sensitive, such as the society's budget, PDFs of manuals for equipment or running orders for shows.

Note that your home directory should be used for storage of anything you are working on at the moment, or which is of a sensitive nature, as it can only be accessed by you.

Software (Q:)

This mounts as Q: and has some ISOs and some of YSTV's custom software. Mostly of use to the Computing Team.

Your Home Directory (H:)

This is also the Documents and Downloads folders on Windows. It contains your mailbox and all of your personal files, along with the www folder. You can use this to store anything you please, however note that the contents of the Downloads folder will be deleted when you log out.