Index LTFS tapes and export reports

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

Index whole tape

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

Selectively index tape

If you don't want to index the entire tape, then open the LTFS panel and mount the tape. Then click the + button and click Choose Other... and select the folder inside the tape.

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 here 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.

After turning this on refresh the job to re-index and read the tape 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. Maybe a third party LTFS app wrote the tape. When indexing YoYotta will not extract new clip metadata from tapes like this as this would be a very slow process.
Note that metadata isn't needed for restoring either manually or using the Conform option.

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. Note that extracting metadata and creating thumbnails will take a very long time from tape so it's not recommended to do this for the entire tape.

Open an existing project

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

Add a new project

Projects are grouped inside Collections.
Select an existing Collection or create a new Collection by clicking + below the Collection table and entering a Collection name.

Collections names could be clients, years, type of work or you can just have one collection for all projects.

Select a Collection and then click + below the Project table 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.

Normally a complete index is required, however if there are files and folders that are not required in the index they can be selected in the Browser. Then click the - button. Then click the Store Index button.

Export reports

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

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