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Remove Orphaned Avid Media Files — scan and delete — it's free

Avid Media Composer orphaned media file scanning feature in archive-R is powerful and easy-to-us. This function works even if you have not purchased a full copy of archive-R so you can forward this information to all your Avid Media Composer friends.

How To Remove Avid Orphaned Media Files - Download a trial version or archive-R, install it, then go to Tools > Advanced. There you will see options to scan for Avid Orphaned Media Files along with options to scan for Orphaned Avid Projects and Orphaned Avid Attics. Run the scan and these items will get listed so you can delete them.

 


 

Avid Media Composer 8 Compatible

archive-R as been tested with the new Media Composer 8.0 and everything looks good.

 


 

Avid Unity/ISIS archive-R Setup

If you have an Avid Unity with MAC or Windows clients connected to it, you can still use archive-R Network. You can set it up on any Windows system that is networked to the Avid Unity. That can be an Avid Windows system or any Window system connected to the network.

Once installed, launch archive-R and go to Tools > Avid Folders. Then direct the archive-R "External Avid Folder" to the Unity Workspace where the Avid project resides. Close archive-R and when you launch it again, you should see your Avid projects. Set Up Screens

Avid Interplay Note: You will not be able to see media that was ingested through Avid Interplay.

 


 

MAC Compatible - Is archive-R Avid Media Composer MAC Compatible?

A MAC native version is in the plans.  For now, this is how it is supported.

You can run archive-R under MAC Windows emulation programs such as Boot camp.

Installing and Archiving
Install archive-R in Bootcamp. When you launch archive-R you will be prompted to entered the path of your Avid projects on your Mac partition. Enter your path project and media file paths. Note: as of 11/3/11, MAC raids configurations are not supported in boot camp so if your Avid media is on MAC RAID storage, consolidate your project to a single internal drive or consolidate to something like a 2TB eSATA, USB 2 or USB3 drive. Once consolidated, switch to Bootcamp and launch archive-R to archive the project. You can archive your project to the same drive or to disc media such as DVD or Blu-Ray. As part of this process you can tell archive-R to delete the raw media files once the archive process is complete. Done, your project is now archived.

Note: Removable media such as eSATA and USB 2 or 3 are good solution for this process because they will also allow you to move your project between systems if you desire. Faster storage is always better.

Restoring Your Project.
Launch archive-R in Bootcamp. You can restore you project back to any single drive such as your 2TB eSATA. If this drive is fast enough to support your editing needs, you can edit your project directly off this drive. If you require faster storage such as RAID storage, copy the media from the Avid Media Files folder where you restored it, to your Avid Media Files folder on your RAID storage.

 


 

Tips on restoring and sharing archives?

1) Restoring an archive-R archive is free to all without the purchase of additional licenses of archive-R

Scenario #1 - Restoring an archive-R archive from disc (CD, DVD, BluRay) to a second machine that does not have archive-R installed.

Answer - When you burned your archive-R archive to disc, archive-R included the files needed to extract the archive. Put disc #1 in your disc tray on the system you want to restore to and close it. archive-R will auto launch. If you have an archive on multiple discs, insert the next disc when prompted. When you are finished installing all the discs, archive-R will build your archive and launch the Restoration Module.

Scenario #2 - Restoring an archive-R archive from a HDD ( external FW, USB drives, etc ) on a second machine that does not have archive-R installed.

Answer - Install the archive-R.exe on the second system. This will install all the files needed to extract the archive. You do not need to activate archive-R in demo mode on this second system in order to run the restoration module. Once archive-R is installed, double click on the archive and the Restoration Module will launch.

The archive-R.exe file can be located on your C: Drive > Ocean Systems > archive-R

 


 

LTO or Tape Support

Currently we do not support LTO directly. Our customers who have an LTO simply archive to HDD, then have the LTO back it up. Some are able to set up watch folders in the LTO software. When you burn to DVD and Blueray, archive-R burns to HDD first and then chunk to the discs. This would be a similar process.

 


 

Full Demo Mode requires internet access

If you would like to run archive-R in demo mode on this system, you will need to connect it to the internet to activate the demo mode.