I am exploring how to add Watch Folders into my workflow and I am a tad confused on exactly what happens to my batch processor templates and what specifically happens to my files - placed within a Watch Folder - if the batch processor used - actually redirects it’s output files to a totally different directory.
Currently - I voice and edit my voiceovers in WL. I have long wanted to break free of recording them directly into WL - but I have stayed with WL due of the excellent abilities of WL Batch Processor to output my files exactly where I need them to go. For example…
If I did a new VO session in WL today - my directory structure is such that I separate by month-year and then by client AND then by session date - so in this example - I would save this new take as a mono wav file to a directory structure as follows:
The filename will be VO1.wav
When I am ready to create the deliverable (MP3) in this case - I would run this file into my standard “Voiceover - 128K Mono” batch processor" - which has a number of unique attributes. The one that really matters to me is what’s in the Output section. Here I have Output set to :Explicit Path + Source Folder (3 Levels). My explicit path is entered to the right and it is:
So when the session file from the example is run through this processor - we end up with the following:
Dest: \SERVER\Bruce\Client Files\07-2014\TestCompany\07-10-2014\VO1.mp3
Questions on Watch Folders:
- Could a Watch folder be set to R:\Voiceover\Production\07-2014 to handle all my July Conversions?
- How many Watch Folders can I set up at one time?
- If I can setup a folder to handle multiple files dumped into it within a given month - how does WL know which files have been done and which have not?
- And the biggie - after viewing the Wavelab 8.5 Videos on Watch Folders - I immediately noticed that the Watch Folder process creates an “Output” subfolder - (inside the Watch Folder) which is exactly what I do not want with the respect to my example above.
I do not want all my July work being dumped into a folder called Output within the R:\Voiceover\Production\07-2014 folder. I want the resulting MP3s to be redirected to the destination specified in the Output tab of the batch processor.
I am hoping that if one leaves the Output section of Batch Processor blank - the Watch Folder process then creates the Output subfolder and places the files there. And if the Batch Processor selected actually has an Output specified - the Watch Folder process will respect that custom path (as If have outlined above).
Appreciate any comments from PG or the field.