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RE: SVN for binary asset management

From: Butler, Frances H (FHB) <butlerfh_at_y12.doe.gov>
Date: 2005-03-31 16:21:45 CEST

IMHO, Subversion was designed and is better suited for plain ASCII text
files. The problem is, with binary files Subversion cannot provide a "diff."
One would have to view the clips and "manually" discern what the differences
are, or ensure that the individuals who check in the files make extremely
detailed log messages to explain to the users what the changes are (rev. 1
has sound, rev. 2 has sound deleted, rev. 3 has new music tracks added, for
example).

I'd say use at your own risk.

-----Original Message-----
From: Simon Anderson [mailto:simon.anderson@photon.com.au]
Sent: Wednesday, March 30, 2005 9:40 PM
To: users@subversion.tigris.org
Subject: SVN for binary asset management

Hi,

I could use some advice on Subversion's suitability for asset management in
the film industry.

Commercial products such as Alienbrain (http://alienbrain.com/whde.php) are
available for use as a repository/change control solution. I wonder if
Subversion could be used as the basis for a F/OSS alternative.

Generally, the data is gigabytes of (primarily) image and movie files stored
on a SAN. The users are artists (animators, compositors, lighters, etc.)
editors, visual effects supervisors, producers, administrators and the like
all who interact with the data in slightly different ways. On the back end is
a render farm that would also interface with the repository.

Does this sound like something that Subversion could be good for?

-Simon.

 

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