How to Pass History Between Systems using PixelStax

PixelStax™ History file format was introduced in Correct DRS™ v10 and we’ve kept the same data structure for DRS™ NOVA. PixelStax™ is different from the way Correct used to do store and use History in two ways:

  • Instead of one large History file per clip, there is a history file for each frame
  • The History is easily portable between two different machines

This can be a huge benefit if you work with partners or subcontractors, because it allows the entire History to stay with the clip and be accessible on both/all machines. So, the final QA person or Lead Artist can undo any of the fixes made by other artists, even if they are at a different facility or even in a different country.

By Default, the History is placed in the same directory as the DPX Files

But if administrative policy on your shared storage does not allow for the application to create directories and files, it can be located elsewhere.

The file MTIMetadata.ini tells DRS™ where the directory is.

When moving clips between systems, you’ll need to copy the media folder and the History folder. In a default installation, these will all be in the same directory, so it’s very simple.

One caveat, You’ll see that MTIMetadata.ini uses a full absolute path, not a relative one. So you should delete this file on the new system before you create the clip in DRS™ The application will take care of relinking to the History location you have set up on your system.