Platform Space Properties

The Platform Space Properties window is the main setup screen for an individual Platform Space. It is used by the administrator of the space to set a number of key features and characteristics for the Platform Space. The example below shows all of the attributes when an operator has ‘Admin Feature Permission’ to the Platform Spaces screen.

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Properties Tab

Platform Space Name – The operator will give a specific name to the Platform Space. This name will show when users mount the space on their workstation. It cannot contain certain special characters but the system will warn the user if they attempt to use invalidate characters in the name. This name must be unique across the Platform Network.

Maximum Size – This feature allows the user to specify the maximum amount of data that can be added to the space before it is considered full. The user has the choice of specifying the number in Megabytes, Gigabytes, or Terabytes. The system will then convert the selection to show the number below the entry box in MB, GB and TB.

No Size Cap – If selected, the system will allow this space to grow as large as the available space on the storage group to which it is hosted. Therefore, this is a variable size volume whose size will grow and shrink with the available space of the storage group.

Type – AE Render Space – When selected, this space will be created and monitored for After Effects® render jobs. See AE Render Space feature set below.

Type – Avid Collaboration Volume – Allows this space to act as an Avid ISIS® like volume allowing multiple Avid Media Composer® editors to work in a project at the same time. See Avid Collaboration Volume below.

Type – Include in Search – When selected, the system will automatically index files and folders in this Platform Space for inclusion into the integrated database catalog. This feature must be selected if the operator wants to search on files within this Platform Space. See Integrated Catalog and Asset Management for detailed information.

Type – Generate Proxies? - If the operator selects the ‘Include in Search’ option above, this Generate Proxies option will be displayed. If selected, the Platform Space will be set to automatically generate proxies for applicable video files added to the space. (See the Proxies Tab below for proxy options).

Type – Transcode Platform Space? – When selected, this option enables the Transcoding Tab, listed below, and allows the user to set up this Platform Space to automatically process transcodes in the space.

Volume Mapping – Force Volume to always map to: For operators working on a Windows Operating System®, the Platform offers an additional ability to select a drive letter that will always be mapped when mounting the Platform Space. This is particularly valuable when working with some client software as file paths can be saved with the drive letter in them which can cause problems if they are not subsequently opened with the same drive letter. After choosing this option, the Platform will always mount the Platform Space with the drive letter chosen.

setting up auto mounting

Allow Auto Mount? - This check box allows a user to automatically mount the Platform Space upon logging into the Platform. The operator must also ensure that the global configuration option, auto mount available Platform Spaces, is also turned on.

Note that this option is available to any user that has ‘User Feature Permission’ access to the Platform Spaces screen. If an operator has only user feature permission to the Platform Spaces screen, their Platform Space Properties screen will look like the example to the left.

Metadata Tab

The Metadata tab on the Platform Space Properties window allows administrators to set up Metadata Rules for the Platform Space. These rules to add/update metadata can be applied to the root Platform Space and/or to folders within the space. See Add/Update Metadata Rules above for details.

Transcoding Tab

The transcoding tab appears when the user selects the “Transcode Platform Space?” option on the main properties screen of the Platform Space.

transcode properties

On the Transcoding tab, the system shows two different encoders. One for Red R3D files and one for all other formats. When setting up a Platform Space to utilize transcoding, the user should select an encoder for both.

The list of standard encoders is described in the Transcoding Section below. System Administrators can add custom transcoding formats to the system if they are not listed in the standard encoder list.

By clicking on the drop down, the user can select from many different encoding formats.

Selected platform space aliens project

The Frame Size and Frame Rate options can be selected in the drop down box to the right as soon as the encoder is selected.

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Platform Space Transcoding

After the encoder options are selected and the Platform Space Properties window is closed, the Platform System will automatically create the following directories at the root of the Platform Space. These directories are used for inputs and outputs to the transcoding system.

Transcoding File Structure

Platform Space Transcode Monitoring

As noted above, after files are dropped into the “Transcode-In-Source” watch folder, the system will begin the transcoding process. Platform performs all transcodes thru the Task Service and submits a new task for each Video to be transcoded.

The operator can see the status of the transcoding jobs running in the task service.

Proxy Tab

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If the check box to enable Proxies is selected, the Proxy Tab will appear along the top of the Platform Space Properties window and allow the operator to define the folder(s) within the Platform Space that should generate proxy files.

By default, when selected, the system will assign the root of the Platform Space to generate proxies. However, the administrator can remove the Platform Space and add one or more folders to the list so that only videos in those folders will generate proxies.

In the example below, the operator will add the folder “Platform Space3/Edit/Footage” and proxies will only be generated for videos in the “Footage” folder.

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By pressing the ‘Close’ button and then the ‘Okay’ button on the Platform Space Properties window, the system will finish the operation. If this is the first time proxies have been established for the Platform Space, the system will submit a job to the task service to begin to generate proxies.