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Re: Suggestions Toward Nomenclature of Digital Media Files

From:

"Richard L. Hess" <[log in to unmask]>

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Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Thu, 30 Dec 2010 18:07:23 -0500

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Hello, Uncle Dave,

I think that some of your challenges MAY (and I stress MAY) be helped by 
following some strict rules.

(1) All AUDIO files should be stored as WAV files. Samplitude adds a _24 
or _M24 to the filename as you record indicating 24 bits or MONO 24 
bits. Storing anything in the native Audacity audio format is, in my 
opinion, an invitation to disaster. It is very non-mainstream.

(2) Work in a virtual processing world and try very hard to eliminate 
intermediate files. I am familiar with Samplitude/Sequoia.

(3) If you generate different versions of the virtual working file (EDL 
or whatever) attempt to not only code a version ID (v02 etc) in the 
filename, but also the purpose (backing track for live vocals)

(4) Use FOLDERS--keep a project in a folder and if you're doing 
multitrack songs/movements, consider putting each in a subfolder of the 
main project folder.

(5) I assign folders by client name (lastname_firstname) for each client 
and then subfolders for each project and then subfolders of those 
(sometimes) for each subproject. For personal work in my photography, I 
use date-based folders like:
\\Nas05\Images-RLH_MEH\2010\2010-08-01d_Radio_Canada_International_Sackville

For audio I have folders like this for event audio:
\\Nas03\Media-Community\Trinity\2010\2010-04-04_Easter_Sunday_Jackie_Xxxxxxxx

For audio projects that I have permission (and encouragement) to retain 
"forever"
\\Nas03\Media-Richard\Rogers-Stan\Albums\5-From_Fresh_Water
\\Nas03\Media-Family\2009-06-27_Dad-s_Memorial_Service

For ongoing audio projects that I will not retain "forever"
\\Nas03\Audio\Lonergan\Release\1969\Faith and Beliefs (The Notion of 
Commitment) - Guelph Ontario - Ignatius College (1969-12-04)

(6) Do not use fragmented storage of bits and pieces hither and yon. 
Backup entire folders/trees at once.
Please note that there is a Nas04 and a Nas06 in a separate building 
with the exact same tree structure as Nas03 and Nas05.
I still have pieces of fragmented storage I haven't copied to the NAS 
units--it is the death of me looking for that needle in the haystack.

(7) If you want additional off-site backups, use drives and put whole 
folder snapshots on them.

(8) Use a program like ViceVersa Pro from www.tgrmn.com to manage 
backups. Do NOT put your backups into large, single files--keep them 
totally readable by the OS. The exception may be a TAR ball to put on a 
data tape.

It works for me. It has grown over time and is not perfect.

Hopefully there are a few nuggets to give you inspiration to do 
something better.

Cheers,

Richard


On 2010-12-30 5:16 PM, David Lewis wrote:
> Thank you Ronda, for addressing several of the many knotty questions
> relating to digital domain sources. Below I just wanted to summarize,
> hopefully briefly, some of the issues I'm facing.

-- 
Richard L. Hess                   email: [log in to unmask]
Aurora, Ontario, Canada           (905) 713 6733     1-877-TAPE-FIX
http://www.richardhess.com/tape/contact.htm
Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.

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