Indexing LTFS tapes

Normally information about video, audio and metadata files is stored on tape and in the database after a copy job completes.
However you can also index LTFS tapes and add then to the database without copying them.
Indexing can also create metadata and checksum reports of the entire tape contents.

Select a project

Open an existing project or click the project menu button to add a new project.

Add a new project

YoYotta will create a new project ID or you can enter your own ID. The project ID or # can contain letters and numbers Then enter a project name and click OK.

Add tape as source

Put the tape into the drive and add it as a source.

Mount the tape.

Click the refresh button above the Job table and the tape will be mounted.

Setup required reports

Click the Edit Paths... button and choose which reports are needed and their location.
Note that save to destination is not available when indexing sources as there is no destination.
The PDF report or an error report can be sent to one or more email addresses separated by commas.

Process tape

Turn off Extract Metadata and Make Thumbnails. Select No Verify and Add to Database. Then click the Process button.

If you want to reverify the tape (maybe you are sending it to a client) turn Full Verify on. This will read back all the data on the tape so will take some time.

Tapes made by YoYotta will have full metadata. However if the tapes are made by other applications then you can create metadata by turning on Extract Metadata. Note that extracting metadata from a tape will take a long time depending on the number of clips.

Assets in database

The database will include all the LTO tape metadata as well as the information for common video, audio and metadata files. Other files will not be shown, but they are still copied.

The PDF + CSV reports generated after a copy completes or when manually indexing a tape will show all files.

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