I’m looking at replacing various incarnations of asset libraries here (eg. models, HDRs, comp elements) with one based on Shotgun. I’ve created a ‘library’ shotgun project and made modifications to the tk-multi-loader app config so that publishes from the ‘library’ project are accessible in all other projects, as described here.
Potential advantages of this are:
- Good integration with host DCC apps, with tk-multi-loader
- Easy cross platform publishing with standalone publish app (eg. producers on Macs can publish easily alongside vfx artists on linux)
- Thumbnails, categorisation, searching in Shotgun web interface
One missing piece of the puzzle though is that when publishing files through the standalone publish app, it just creates a Published File in shotgun, which refers to it’s original location on disk wherever that is (could even be someone’s desktop).
What I’d really like is to be able to copy a file to the production storage for the ‘library’ project, organised nicely on disk in asset folders according to the categorisation in shotgun. That way it would be very easy for people to add things to the library, and dramatically reduce the barrier to entry for creating a good library. This would also be useful easily publishing per-project reference material that often comes out of emails.
Has anyone written a publish plugin to copy files on publish that they could share? It would be great if there was (optional) functionality for this sort of thing built in to shotgun. Otherwise I guess I’ll have to re-invent the wheel…