Dropbox Install

Below are some Youtube video’s we found which may help you with installing Dropbox, plus our notes which help optimize it for usage with AutoDCP.

AutoDCP — Additional Notes & Instructions

Note, Dropbox installers vary, some of these details are in advanced install settings, and or things may have moved depending on which installers you are using.

When installing for the first time.

  • Make Files Local

    Make sure this is selected to insure any DCPs you make also end up on your local HDD, otherwise any new DCPs will only reside in they cloud and you’ll have to manually ‘syncd’ them later.

  • Backup Apps Emails etc.

    Dropbox defaults to wanting to back up your entire email folders, applications, etc from your local machine.  You are welcome to accept the defaults, but doing so is not necessary for AutoDCP, ie feel free to disable such features as you see fit.

Anytime after you have installed; from your Dropbox preferences.

On mac it’s in your ‘menu bar’, normally upper left.   On PC it’s in your ‘system tray’ normally the lower left of your screen.

  • Improve Upload Performance

    In your Dropbox preferences Bandwidth tab, make sure both upload and download are set to “Don’t Limit.”   For more details about what this does check out this Dropbox page:  https://help.dropbox.com/installs/bandwidth

  • Make available offline

    Ideally when you install you’ve set the “Make files local.”  To confirm cloud files are also being sync’d locally go check it in your Preferences Sync tab, make sure its set to “available offline.”   For details check out this page:  https://help.dropbox.com/sync/make-files-online-only

    One caveat, the above actually only makes it availble, you still may need to right-click the folder itself in your Dropbox account to actually “make it only.”

  • Dropbox working?

    First make sure things are being sync’d, ie check your preference/activity, this is also where you can find the ETA’s on your files appearing on your desktop computer.

    Next look at the files/folder in your Dropbox folder on your desktop.   Anything with a cloud icon is up in the cloud, but if you want the file local it needs to have a green checkmark.   For details on what the icons mean check out this page.  https://help.dropbox.com/sync/sync-icons

    In short you want green checkmarks next to all AutoDCP files, otherwise your DCPs are up in the cloud and NOT on your local machine.

  • Move Dropbox to an external USB

    (Optional — PC Only)   Video and DCPs are huge, you can move your Dropbox to another drive so its not taking up too much space on your internal drive.   Check out the video or the article on Dropbox:  https://help.dropbox.com/installs/move-dropbox-folder

    If the USB drive is previously formatted NTFS, this drive can be directly connected to a theaters projection system, ie their show players are compatible with NTFS formated drives.   Using Dropbox this way saves all the headache of manually downloading all your DCPs, as well as having a ‘show drive’ ready for the theater whenever you need it.

    Technically you can do this on an apple as well, but only if you are on an older MacOS.   Apple has changed cloud-storage recently which eliminates this option from any/all cloud services including Dropbox, G-drive, OneDrive, etc.    All of us in the video industry are again sad that Apple made this move.

Apple install

PC install

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