Catalog Settings

In the Catalogs section of axle's administration pages, you can see existing catalogs, add catalogs, remove catalogs, or change the folder where the low-res proxies are saved. Multiple catalogs can be created and catalogs can be on different storage volumes, or different portions of a single storage volume.

A catalog is a folder on the NAS, SAN or directly attached storage that is indexed and managed by axle. Within axle, you can define multiple catalogs and axle will index each one separately; thus, they don't have to be on the same storage volume. Additionally, catalogs can contain multiple levels of nested folders.

There are multiple ways for Catalogs to be connected to axle's server. Some examples include:

  • Storage Area Network: this is typically a FibreChannel-connected, block level device that is accessed concurrently by multiple workstations or servers.
  • Network Attached Storage: this is typically a Gigabit- or 10 Gigabit-connected, filesystem level device that is accessed concurrently by multiple workstations or servers.
  • Direct Attached Storage: this is typically either a single large drive, or a RAID (redundant array of inexpensive disks) that is connected directly to the axle server via ports such as Thunderbolt, Firewire, USB3 or eSATA.

Interface Reference

  • Current Catalogs: Lists the paths of all catalogs currently indexed by axle.
  • Add a Catalog: Click to open the window that allows you to add a new catalog to axle. That window contains:
    1. Catalog Path: This is where you specify the file directory for the new catalog that you want to create.
    2. IP Address: Specify the IP address of the storage device the catalog is on. Only needed if you plan on using axle to export subclips into editing software on a Windows system.
    3. Catalog Name: This is where you enter the name for the new catalog you want to create.
    4. Folder for Proxies: This is where you can specify the file path where you want to create the low-res proxies for each asset that axle uses as thumbnails in its user interface.
  • Remove a Catalog: Enables you to select an existing catalog and remove it.
  • Change the Proxy Folder: Enables you to change the Proxy Folder for the selected catalog. Select the catalog from the dropdown box, then click the lock on the right. Follow the instructions in the window. You only have to change the Apache settings once per location. After that, simply fill in the location in the empty field and click the check button at the bottom.
  • Data Fields In the Catalogs section of axle's administration pages, you can see existing catalogs, add catalogs, remove catalogs, or change the folder where the low-res proxies are saved. Multiple catalogs can be created and catalogs can be on different storage volumes, or different portions of a single storage volume.