During production, if the tags you have selected include errored, unsupported files, zero-byte files, or files for which you do not have the password to access, you may want to omit them from your production. This process is known as culling.
Here's how to cull unproduceable files:
1. Searching for unproduceable files
You can quickly run the search using the quick search bar:
Copy and paste the following text into the quick search bar at the top of your screen and hit the 'return' button:
pstate = errored OR pstate = unsupported OR pstate = "awaiting pass" OR pstate = zero-byte
Then jump to the next section of this guide (2. Tagging unproduceable files)
NOTE: You can follow these steps if you wish to manually run a search for unproduceable files.
Step 1. Navigate to the 'Advanced Search' view by clicking the button in the left navigation panel.
Step 2. Click on the 'Create New Search' button.
Step 3. Set the parameter to 'pstate'.
Step 4. Set the value from the drop-down menu on the right to 'Errored'.
Step 5. Drag the 'Condition' query to the left and make sure that the 'OR' operator is selected.
Step 6. Repeat steps 4 and 5, creating 3 more rules, each with the parameter 'pstate', and with the values:
- Awaiting Password
Step 7. Click on the 'search execute' button.
2. Tagging unproduceable files
Whether you run the search using the quick search bar or advanced search, continue from here.
Step 1. Check the 'select all' checkbox.
Step 2. Click on the 'Select all <x> results' text that appears. (in the case of more than 10 search results)
Step 3. In the action bar that opens on the right side of your screen, click on the 'Tag' button.
Step 4. Create a new tag (e.g. 'To cull') and assign it by clicking on it on the side of the screen.
Step 5. Select the 'Apply only to this file' option and click on 'Apply' to apply the tag.
3. Excluding the items using the inverted tag feature
Step 1. Navigate to the 'Productions' view and click on the 'Start Production Wizard' button.
Step 2. Enter a name for your production and click on the 'OK' button to proceed to Step 2 of the Production Wizard.
Step 3. Click on all of the tags that you want to include, and also on the tag which is assigned to the files you wish to omit from the production.
Step 4. Check the 'Invert' checkbox against the tag you wish to be excluded, then click on the 'OK' button.
Step 5. Proceed with the steps of production as covered here (step 3. onwards). The files with the inverted tag will be omitted from the production.
NOTE: Regardless of whether the files have other tags, all files in a production with an 'inverted' attached to them will be left out of the production.