Where: Process Channels | New Channel
To create a channel, click on Process Channels in the console tree and click the New channel link below the list of configured channels. You may also right-click the Process Channels or a group to create a channel within it, or you can choose New channel in the Color Factory program menu. The New Channel Wizard will start and help you set the basic channel properties.
First, name the channel. Try to give it a name that briefly explains the intended processing of the channel. If you would like to clone an existing channel or make a new channel that only slightly modifies an existing channel, you can also choose to copy the entire range of settings from another channel to the new channel. Then click Next.
Next, select an input folder for the new channel. By default, Color Factory will suggest placing the input and output folders within the global image base folder, but you can choose any folder that the server can access. You may also choose to use the same input folder and options as already in use by another channel, in which case Color Factory will process the input file in both channels before removing it from the input folder. Click Next.
Note: When using an input folder on an NTFS disk (either through a local drive connection or through a share) Color Factory receives notifications from the file system when a new file arrives in its channels. This feature is available only using local access to NTFS drives OR by monitoring network shared folders over the SMB protocol. If your storage solution does not support sending file system notifications over SMB you will need to configure Color Factory to scan the input folders at regular intervals.
Now select an output folder for the channel. You can also choose to use the same output folder as another channel.
It's also possible to store the output file in the input folder of another channel to allow daisy-chaining of channels. That way, one channel can apply certain processing before delivering files to another channel, which in turn processes the file with additional options.
Select an output folder and click Next to continue.
Now choose the features that you would like to enable for the channel. You can add or remove features later, so if you are unsure what you need you can leave this step for later. Click Next to continue.
Finally, choose the output format of the files processed in the channel. All files will be converted to this format irrespective of their input format. For more information about the various formats, see the topic called Adjusting basic channel settings. Click Finish to create the channel.
Working with groups of channels
When a channel has been created it is placed within the default channel group listed below Process Channels in the console tree. By grouping channels you may more easily adjust similar channels in your system. Also, when the channels are listed in a group you may right-click any channel setting from the group list view and change it directly. If, for instance, you wish to disable a channel, right-click the Active field of the channel in question and choose ON or OFF. You may even select multiple channels by Ctrl-clicking the desired channels and change their settings in a single operation.
Applying the input settings of another channel
When two channels or more have been created, you can configure a channel to use the input folder and input options of another channel while using its own processing features and output folder. The input folder and special options related to the handling of input files will be synced across from the "master" channel, while the two channels can be configured differently feature-wise.
To enable this feature, expand the list of channels and select the channel you want to modify. Make sure the Channel settings tab is selected and select the checkbox labeled This channel uses the input folder and options of another channel, then choose the channel whose input folder and options you wish to use. This way, the channel becomes a "slave" channel whose input folder and input options are determined by the "master" channel. A slave channel only has a limited set of input options, as documented here.