Creating Discovery tapes

LTO tapes sent to Discovery need to be LTFS formatted with an XML metadata file.
Use YoYotta LTFS to put this file into the LTFS index partition.
Also validate tapes to ensure they conform to the Discovery format.


Create metadata XML file

To create the XML file there is an online Discovery XML Generator
Select Footage Master template.
Select the Recording Formats that you will be archiving.
Complete all the other fields and click Create XML.

Here are the footage types
P2U - Panasonic AVC Ultra
P2A - Panasonic AVC Intra
P2H - DVCPRO HD
P2S - DVCPRO SD
PAVC - Panasonic AVCCAM
XDCAM - Sony XDCAM
SAVC - Sony NXCAM
XAVC - Sony XAVC MXF
XAVCS - Sony XAVC MP4
XOCNS - Sony XOCN ST
XOCNL - Sony XOCN LT
SR422 - Sony SStP 422
SR444 - Sony SStP 444
SRAW - Sony RAW F5/F55
SRAW8 - Sony RAW F65
CnXDCAM - Canon XDCAM
CnAVC - Canon AVC
CnRAW - Canon RAW
GPAVC - GoPro MP4
RED - RED R3D
CINDM - Cineform MOV
CINDA - Cineform AVI
CINRM - Cineform RAW MOV
CINRA - Cineform RAW AVI
DnX - Avid DNxHD DNxHR
PR422 - Apple ProRes 422
PR444 - Apple ProRes 444
DPX10 - DPX 10 bit
DPX16 - DPX 16 bit
PhRGB - Phantom CineRGB
PhRAW - Phantom CineRAW
StTiff - TIFF
Audio - Audio
Stereo_3D - 3D
ANIM - Animation


Sort content

Create a folder on a source drive that will contain the footage folders.
Drop the generated metadata.xml file into the source folder.
Then make subfolders in the source folder for each footage type. Use the exact same name as selected online. In this example RED and SRAW.
Then copy or link material into these folders. If you link material then make sure Copy linked files and folders is turned on in Preferences.



Setup destination tape

Remove all the tokens from the destination path, so that no extra folders are created.
Turn on Save to destination for MD5. Turn off other destination reports.


Completed tape

The completed tape is exactly the same as the source folder, plus it has the MD5 checksum file.


Validate Discovery tape

Load a tape and add it as a source. Then click the refresh button above the Job table. This will mount, index and validate the tape.
YoYotta will check the XML format, ensure it's in the index partition and check that the correct media folders are present. A summary will be shown in the log panel.

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