Interplay Archive Dry Run and Report
In many cases it may be necessary to get a report of what will be archived or what has already been archived (e.g., it may be difficult to determine what has been archived by simply looking at the files that are listed in the DNA Evolution archive browse or trying to view all the master clips under a folder in Avid Interplay Access).
DNA Evolution provides a simple mechanism for generating a text report on what master clip media files been archived in an Interplay folder for a particular archive. In this case, DNA Evolution queries the Interplay folder and creates a report rather than run the archive.
Creating an Interplay Archive Report
Open the archive console (Figure 8) and go to the Archive Tickets section that was used in the creation of archive tickets in Part 4. Click the Add Ticket button to add a ticket. When the add archive ticket dialog comes up, select the “Avid Interplay – Report Only” option from the list of configurations (Figure 30).
Figure 30 – Add Ticket Screen with Avid Interplay Report selected
Once you have selected this configuration, you can browse to the Interplay folder you want to run the report for by clicking the Browse button next to the Ticket Location Folder. After you have selected both the configuration and the Interplay folder, press the “Add Archive Ticket”. This will generate a report and you should see confirmation on the archive console screen that a report was generated and located in the Administrator Dropbox.
Viewing the Interplay Folder Report
To view the report you will have to look in the Admin Dropbox folder located under the My Archives menu. Click on the My Archive menu and then click the Admin Dropbox listed on the left side of the screen (Figure 31).
Figure 31 – Interplay Ticket Statistics folder under the Admin Dropbox
You will find a subdirectory called “Interplay Ticket Statistics”. Double click to navigate inside the Interplay Ticket Statistics files. Inside the folder you will see the list of archives that have run the report. It is important to note that these reports are not only generated when you choose the Report Only option, but also any time that you generate an Interplay archive ticket (Figure 32)
Figure 32 – Archive listing inside Interplay Ticket Statistics folder
Double click to go inside of the archive folder. You will see a list of reports for each Interplay folder that has had a report run. If you want to see a particular folder, it is important to note that the slashes in the folder name are replaced with underscores (Figure 33). For example, the report for the Interplay folder /Catalogs/Archive/Episode 1 would be listed as:
Figure 33 – Report listing inside of Archive folder
Once you find the report you need, you can double click the report to download it and view it. You may need to select a viewer for the log file. We recommend using WordPad for Windows and TextExit for Mac systems.
Interpreting the Archive Report
The top of the report lists the Interplay folder and the DNA Evolution archive name that were used for the report as well as the date/time that the report was run (Figure 34). Under that you will see a detailed list for each master clip found in the Interplay folder. The clip section includes the name, size and number of media files for the master clip. Check to see that the date/time, archive name and interplay folder all look correct.
Figure 34 – Interplay Archive Report Header and Clip Information
In addition, under clip section, you will see a list of media file paths which make up the media files associated with this clip. Next to the path you will find the size of the media file.
In addition, if the media file is not archived, then you will see the words “NOT ARCHIVED”. If the media is offline, then you will see the text “SOURCE NOT FOUND” next to the filename. At the bottom of each clip section, you will see an archive status. The archive status can be either full (all files have been archived), partial (some files have been archived) or none (no files have been archived).
NOTE: If you have previously archived using the online option only, you may see offline files showing up as NOT ARCHIVED. This is because the report is always run on all media files and not just the online files.
Figure 35 – Interplay Archive Report Summary
At the bottom of the archive report (Figure 35), you will find a summary of the Interplay folder which will list:
- Number of master clips found in the Interplay folder
- Number of media files inside the master clips
- Size of the media that was scanned
- Number of unique media files (this is important because DNA Evolution does not write the same media file twice) so two clips may share a particular media file
- Number of files found that were archived
- Number of files found that were not archived