If an operator selects a single row or multiple rows on in the search results grid, they have the ability to right-click on one of those rows and they will see a menu of choices. These choices are dependent on the following factors:
- The file(s) they chose and the status of those files
- The operator’s feature permission to the Search Screen
- The operator’s file permission to the file(s) in question.
Below is a full list of possible right-click options for the file(s). Each option’s function is described as well as the permission required by the operator to use it.
Table 8 - Search Results Right-Click Options
When an operator clicks on the open command the system will engage the local operating systems default program to open the requested file. For instance, if the file is a .mov, the system may start the Quicktime® Player and open the file in Quicktime.
Opening a folder will cause the local operating system to open a file browser and position on the file in question. This can be deep in the folder structure in the Platform Space. In the example below, the user right-clicks on the .mov file and then selects Open Folder.
Then on windows, the Platform will open the Windows Explorer and position on the file two folders deep in the Platform Space ‘Hockey Project’.
When selecting the Search Folder option, the system simple updates the current search criteria to add the targeted folder. For instance, if the user has executed a search and then is positioned on the ’03 BRoll’ folder and performs a ‘Search Folder’ command, the system will add the search criteria of the ’03 BRoll’ folder to the Search Path.
Then the system will automatically perform the search again.
The system then displays search results within that folder:
The Data Management commands provide powerful capabilities to work with the media selected right from the integrated catalog. Note that when using these commands, the operator does not need to have the Platform Space mounted. These commands are executed on the server and therefore do not require a high-bandwidth connection to be used effectively.
Copy To / Move To
After selecting file(s) and folder(s), and selecting ‘Data Management’ and ‘Copy To’ or ‘Move To’ the system will display a list Platform Spaces to choose from. These Platform Spaces can be on any storage group and any node on the Platform System.
After selecting the Platform Space, the system will bring up a window asking the operator to further choose where in the Platform Space to copy or move the data.
In this example, the operator will choose to place the data in the ‘Edit’ folder in the Platform Space.
When using these commands, the operator has the choice of scheduling it as a task which is submitted to the task service, or executing the copy/move immediately. When run immediately, the system will bring up a progress window showing the results and in this case the operator must wait until the work is completed. If the operator chooses to submit the work as a task the can proceed to work in the Platform interface.
The copy/move commands actually move data on the server or from server to server. No data actually moves down to the workstation which makes this method very efficient.
Speed - The speed command tells the system how much Storage Group bandwidth to use when executing the commands. The operator can choose from Slow, Medium or Fast depending on how much storage bandwidth the user wishes to use. Generally, slow will use 25% capacity, Medium (the default) will use 50% and Fast will attempt to use 100% of the possible storage system speed.
The Backup and Archive operation is only available if the Platform System has an LTO tape drive installed and is used to copy the selected file(s) and folder(s) to an LTO tape drive. The backup process and backup options are described below in the Tape section of this manual.
Archiving file(s) and folder(s) allows the operator to copy to LTO tape, automatically verify that the copy was successful and the delete information from the Platform Space. The details for the archive window and archive process are described in the Tape section of this manual.
Restoring file(s) and folder(s) from tape is used to copy data from an LTO tape, back to disk. The Restore Window in the Tape Section of this manual describes the features and options for restoring data from an LTO tape. After selecting the Platform Spaces or individual files/folders to restore, and clicking on Restore, the restore window will open so that the operator may continue the restore process.
When a user selects the Delete option from the Data Management / Right-click menu, the system will first bring up a dialog box showing all of the files and folders that will be deleted. The user has the option of scrolling thru the candidates to ensure that the selection is correct. When the user clicks on the ‘Confirm’ button, the system will bring up a final delete confirmation.
This dialog box requires that the operator type in the word ‘DELETE’ in capitals to ensure that the data will be removed from the system.
Selected file metadata updates can be made in groups using the right-click Update Metadata command. In order to utilize this option, the user must have only selected file(s) to update. Folders cannot have metadata updates applied.
After selecting file(s) and right-clicking on the ‘Update Metadata’ option, the user can then click on the ‘ProMAX’ Tab in the metadata display area. Then the operator will choose what metadata updates they wish to apply to all of the files selected. Clicking on the ‘Save’ button will complete the process and the system will update the metadata. (See Update Metadata process).
If a user wishes to generate a proxy on one or more videos that does not have a proxy, they can simply select the file(s) and click on the ‘Generate Proxy’ option. By requesting proxy generation on individual files, this option allows users to request proxies on demand vs. having them always generated on a particular Platform Space. The system will submit the request to the Task Service and server will begin the proxy encode when resources are available. See the Task Screen for more details about executing tasks.
This command is only available for files/folders that have a Media Type of Tape, meaning the data selected has been copied to an LTO Tape. This option allows a system administrator to remove record of the details of LTO backups from the Platform Integrated Catalog.
Additionally, if a user wishes to transcode a file or a group of files to a particular encode format, they can simple select the files and select the Transcode menu option. The system will show the list of Platform Space’s the user has access to which will be used as the destination location for the resulting transcode.
The system will then bring up the Transcode Window and allow the user to select the transcode format.
The user will select the encoder format and then also have the option of choosing the folder for the resulting encode. After the encode is complete the system will place the resulting encoded file in the directory chosen with the ‘-transcoded’ suffix added to the file.
Schedule - The scheduling of a task can be done immediately or for a future date. See task scheduling options for more details.