Alternate P5 preview/metadata automation

In previous articles I’ve shown how to create custom preview generators using Archiware’s scripting engine. In addition to using custom preview and metadata scripts, there is a method of automatically adding these items to any archived asset with P5 Archive by preparing the filesystem appropriately. Lets say we want to archive the file /Volumes/MySAN/Projects/01-Movie.mov. We … Continue reading “Alternate P5 preview/metadata automation”

Using open source tools to generate more previews in PresSTORE

A while ago, I wrote an article about using qt_tools to generate proxy previews for PresSTORE Archive.  While this solution is relatively simple, because of the toolkit it was relegated solely to Quicktime enabled Mac systems.  It made codec support easy, but also came with its own set of problems. As Linux/Windows becomes more common … Continue reading “Using open source tools to generate more previews in PresSTORE”

Castor, the lovable beaver, is here to help you archive

In a natural extension of the PresSTORE/CatDV work I have been doing, I have written a more unified installer and configuration tool for the scripts on Mac OS X.  The project is called Castor and it has its own page now here on my blog.  Check the page for updates to the scripts or if … Continue reading “Castor, the lovable beaver, is here to help you archive”

Bonjour and VPN or How I Learned To Stop Googling And Love Simplicity

Recently I have been using Quickbooks 2012 to manage my business, and while I can’t say I’m in love with the software by any means, it is what I would consider “good enough” for what I’m doing currently. I have the multi-user edition and run the database using the Quickbooks Server application. I frequently travel … Continue reading “Bonjour and VPN or How I Learned To Stop Googling And Love Simplicity”