I would like to ask you for your advice. I tried searching the forum but I didn't really find an answer. I work at a small studio, 3 people at the moment working mainly in commercials. The main packages we use are C4D, Maya and After Effects and Photoshop. To this point we never really had rules for naming convention or directory structure. But now it seems we will be growing in number of employees aswel in the size of projects and the necessity of an organized workflow is apparent.
At this point all the project folders are local. So everyone has its own way of setting up the project directory and naming the files. Textures and assets are local aswel. If we work with multiple people on a project we copy the files over to each others computer back and forth. This way it is obviously very difficult to keep track of the latest version of the files and reconnecting the textures is extremely time consuming.
So I was wondering how you guys handle these things. So to sum up some questions:
- How do you handle and control versions amongst various local computers. I looked into version control software but it seems to focus on programming and not so much on animation. They don't seem to have an easy to use interface either.
- We have a small nas server. A qnap ts-219 to be precise. Would it be fast enough to store all the textures and assets and possibly write the renders to it. So basically try to centralize the assets as much as possible. But I'm worried the server isn't fast enough.
- What naming conventions and directory structure do you use. I read about creating the structures through scripts. How can we approach that. We work with os x. I know the basics of python but I'm by no means a programmer. Naming convention is of course very personal but I would love to hear your opinions about it.
I'm sorry for the long post but I've been researching the whole day to get ideas for a structured workflow. I'm not expecting you to present your workflow on a silver platter but I'm just interested in your ideas. I figured we won't be the only studio who runs into this.
Anyways thanks in advance!