Hi, Jessica! Great to see you here
There’s a bit of setup to start off with here but once you have it going, it should be easy to maintain. First off, make sure your Camera and Slate entity is enabled for your Shotgun site. An entity is just a database table, similar to tables in Filemaker. Camera should be by default but Slate may not be. If it’s not, go the the Admin Menu (click your profile picture in the upper right and you’ll see the section just below your account settings options). Click on
Site Preferences, then find the
Entities section and expand it. Look for the the entity you want to enable and select the radio button that says
Yes, use Camera and save. One thing to note here is that the
Slate entity are both project entities. That means that they only live per project, so you can have two cameras of the same name but connected to two different projects.
If you don’t have access to the
Site Preferences, you’ll need to talk to your studio’s Shotgun Admin to get access.
Next, if you have a list of Camera data, you can navigate to a
Camera entity page and start looking at what fields are currently visible. If you need to import more information (fields) then what is visible, you can create new ones. This doc will show you detailed information on what fields are and how to create them. I would hold off on linking the
Slate record to the
Slate similarly - review what Slate data you have, then create fields you may need.
The last field to create here (and it doesn’t have to be the last one but for this example, I’m saving it for the end because it’s the only field I’m sure you’ll need to make) is the one that connects
Slate. I would assume a
Slate only has one linked
Camera, so I would create it as an entity type field linked from
Camera. If you think you will have more multiple
Cameras linked to a single
Slate then you would choose a multi-entity type field. The downfall with using a multi-entity type is that it would be difficult to pull details of the
Camera data in through the
Now your tables are set up so you can import your data in through our importer. This should give you an idea of how the importer works. If you are importing the
Camera data first, you won’t be able to import the
Slate at the same time because the record doesn’t exist yet. So, create
Cameras and all their data first, then go to
Slate and import all that information, linked to
Finally, you’ll want to link from
Slate. Again, assuming it’s one
Shot, you’ll want to make it an entity field, not a multi-entity field.
Hope that helps! Let me know if you need more detail!