Items in Avalon can be created by uploading single files at a time, uploading via batch ingest, or by uploading files through an Avalon dropbox. The dropbox method is useful when uploading numerous files to a single collection, especially when some or all the files constitute a larger media item (e.g. an orchestra concert spanning three separate files). After the pertinent files have been uploaded to the collection's dropbox, they can be accessed in Avalon simultaneously in order to form an item.
Uploading files to an Avalon dropbox requires the use of a Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) client, like WinSCP (Windows), Cyberduck (Mac), or FileZilla (both). This user guide will explain the process of connecting a client to an Avalon dropbox, transferring files, and accessing files through Avalon.
Connecting to an Avalon Dropbox with an SFTP Client
The connection information for an Avalon dropbox is found in the Manage File(s) section when creating an item:
The dropbox location, sftp://dropbox.dlib.indiana.edu:/srv/avalon/dropbox/Sample_Videos, contains all the necessary information for connection.
- File Protocol: sftp
- Host name: dropbox.dlib.indiana.edu
- Remote Directory Path (begins after the colon if present): /srv/avalon/dropbox/Sample_Videos
- Username and Password: your username and password provide access to the remote directory. If you do not have access to the dropbox, contact your system administrator.