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6th July 2012, 21:07 #1Member
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Whats the best way to set up and archive AE assets on the hard-drive(s)
Reckon I\'ve pretty much managed to get my head round the AE basics however the one thing I\'m still struggling to find an answer to is how to best organise project assets on the drive ( s ) ???
On Flint or Flame ( say ) this issue does not arise as all the footage sits on a dedicated RAID which has a software-organised library, complete with proxy images --- ie you just hit \'library\' on the desktop and up comes your beautifully laid out library display......
Obviously AE doesnt have this and I\'m still trying to work out how to set things out so the structure is not too cumbersome and files dont get \'lost\'......
I can see that I can make life a lot easier in AE by having ( say ) an AEP folder on a RAID and a series of sub-folders holding all the assets but am finding this a bit clunky to say the least and what I would like to do is have a folder for each AE project which holds the master .aep project-file plus all the assets which are self-referencing to that folder .........
.......ie the aep project-file will \'run\' from its own discreet folder and reference the assets in that folder regardless of where the folder is placed on any computer.
Apart from being much less liable to accidental loss this would mean that I would be able to FTP AE jobs to other artists ( or clients ) in a single folder so that when the project file is opened it automatically references the assets from its own folder regardless of where it is stored on any computer -- this has clear advantages.
Anyone got any solutions or general comments on this one please - its driving me nuts??
Chris Brett / Birmingham / England
10th July 2012, 14:56 #2Member
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If you are starting a new project then the best way is to manual take care of the assets yourself. So create a folder for your project, save your project inside of that folder and move your assets into that folder (or subfolders) before taking them into AE. This makes the project create and maintain a relative path relationship with its assets. If you generate or use any new assets make sure you put them into the same folder before working with them in AE. If you do this then you can move that folder anywhere you want and the project will open up with all the files online.
If you\'re not working with a new project then you can use the Collect All menu option (go to File) and you can let AE round up all your files for you. This effectively does the same, but automagically.