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PREPARING THE VAULT FOR A NEW PROJECT


There are some important steps that should normally be done before the start of a new project.


Save Logs
The first step is to save the system log files, which includes the media history - a record of all the media from a project. Log in with an Administrator account, open the Main Menu and go to the Settings screen. Select the System tab.

The logs can either be saved onto the Vault itself, or onto a USB stick. If you are saving the logs to a USB stick connect it now. There is a toggle button for either ‘Default level’ or ‘Full level’. Set this to ‘Full level’, then press Save... 

The file browser screen will be shown. If you are saving the logs to the Vault system drive, choose the /tmp directory. Alternatively select your USB stick. There will be one file saved, e.g. vaults1048_20130308_142631_logs.tgz This file is named as follows:  vaults<SerialNumber>_<Date>_<Time>_logs.tgz

The _logs.tgz includes a file called localdb that contains the history of all media that has been processed on the Vault in the most recent project (i.e. since it was last cleared). It is therefore important to keep a copy of this file for future reference. It also contains the
Work Templates and other more general settings files.

Clear Media History
Now you have a backup of the history and settings from the last project, these can be cleared from the Vault. From the Settings screen select the Project tab.
 


Press the Clear Media History button, which will delete the localdb file. Doing this will prevent the Vault from reporting clashing media names during the new project if a name matches media from the previous project. 

Setting up the Storage module

The Storage module can be formatted in two ways, and this determines what type of material can be stored.

RAID-5 XFS 
When formatted in this way, the Storage can contain any format recorded to a Capture Drive and other types of recording system such as SxS (ProRes), Sony SR Memory, AXSM, RED MAGs, etc. 

RAID-3 Codex 
When formatted in this way, the Storage can only contain material recorded using the Onboard S recorder, or ARRIRAW from ALEXA XT. 

Performance for Cloning this material is slightly higher to RAID-3 Codex than to RAID-5 XFS. However, flexibility for different workflows is reduced. 
It cannot contain material from other types of recording system, such as ALEXA XT Capture Drive or SxS ProRes, Sony SR Memory, AXSM, RED MAGs, etc. Open the Main Menu and go to the Storage screen.


The Storage module may contain shots from the previous project, which will be indicated in the Free Space area by the coloured bar and the remaining capacity. You will probably want to reformat the storage to delete these shots, which should only be done if there is confirmation that the data has been securely backed up to another storage location.

Reformat the Storage module by the following these steps: 

1. Open the Main Menu and go to the Storage screen. Press the Devices button 

2. Press to highlight the Storage, and then press the Create button. 

3. Set the Name of the Storage (this is limited to 8 characters). Do not use non-alpha numeric characters or spaces. 

4. Set the Type as either ‘RAID-5 XFS Internal’ or ‘RAID-3 Codex Internal’ depending on the requirement for your workflow. 

5. Press OK and a progress bar will be shown as the drives are formatted as the selected type. Once complete the message “Volume created successfully” will be shown. 


When formatting as RAID-5 XFS the Storage will take several hours to initialise. During this time the RAID is building parity, so it is recommended to let this process complete before copying any critical data to the RAID.

 
 
 
 
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