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Chapter 4. Managing Your Media > Organizing Your Media Drives

Organizing Your Media Drives

Once created, the Media Drive can be organized to further streamline your workflow by adding an alias to the drive for easier identification. It's also possible to nominate which drive or folder will be the default for capture and which will be the default for import.

✓ Tip

  • Drives used for capture or import should always be separate from the drive that holds Windows XP. It should also be a large drive with a spin speed of 7200 rpm. See the Appendix for more details.


To create an alias

1.
With the Media Management interface open, select a drive from the list by clicking it once.

2.
Right-click that drive in the Alias column (the first column in that row).

3.
Click the Edit Alias pop-up menu (Figure 4.10).

Figure 4.10. Editing the alias by clicking in the first column.


A text cursor appears inside the Alias area.

4.
Enter your text.

This box will grow to accommodate large strings, but it will push the others off the screen (Figure 4.11). This interface cannot be resized.

Figure 4.11. All three drives now have an alias that can be recognized.


To select the default capture drive

1.
With the Media Management interface open, select a drive from the list by clicking it once.

2.
Right-click under the Primary Volume column (the one next to the word “Alias”).

3.
Click Set As Default Capture Drive (Figure 4.12).

Figure 4.12. The second column is used to set the primary volume…


A large X appears in this column to indicate that this is now the default capture drive (Figure 4.13).

Figure 4.13. …which is marked by a large X in this column.


To select the default import drive

1.
With the Media Management interface open, select a drive from the list by clicking it once.

2.
Right-click under the Import Volume column (the one to the left of the Path column).

3.
Click Set As Import Drive (Figure 4.14).

Figure 4.14. The third column is used to set the import volume…


A large X appears in this column to indicate that this is now the default import drive (Figure 4.15).

Figure 4.15. …which is marked by a large X in this column. Without it, all imports default to the primary volume.


✓ Tip

  • Both the Primary and Import Volume columns are blank by design. The boxes are apparently too small to fit text into.


To alter the access rights

1.
With the Media Management interface open, select a drive from the list by clicking it once.

2.
Right-click under the Access Rights column.

3.
Click either Read or Write to set the access rights for that drive (Figure 4.16).

Figure 4.16. The last column is used to set the read/write access rights.


The word Write or Read appears in this column depending on which you selected (Figure 4.17).

Figure 4.17. Here the primary capture volume has been changed to Read, protecting it from alteration.


You change the access rights to Read to protect a Media Drive from being altered once a project is completed, but you will need to switch it back to Write if you need to perform any more editing.

To delete a Media Drive

1.
With the Media Management interface open, select a drive from the list by clicking it once.

2.
Click once on the Remove button and the drive vanishes.

There is no second warning with this feature and you will not be prompted with an “Are you sure?” message. The drive location will simply be deleted. Make sure you have the right drive selected before you do this.

However, remember that you are only removing it from the Media Management system; you are not deleting it from your hard drive. If you delete the wrong one, then simply bring it back in again using the instructions on page 114.

✓ Tip

  • Any of the above alterations can be changed on the fly. However, be cautious when deleting a Media Drive because Liquid Edition will no longer be able to use any files stored at that location.


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