What is Bin and how do I connect to it?

"Bin" is a video editing and archiving network storage system for VMA and Journalism, as well as for departments and organizations with large files or editing needs. Bin is advantageous for video and audio storage over other file storage systems because of its speed and high volume. Connections to Bin are only allowed either on campus (in a lab, for instance) or using the Emerson VPN.

Non-video files should be kept on web-based systems like Google Drive or Box so they can be accessed and shared more easily. Bin is not to be used as an archive, but rather for active media production work.

 

Connect from a Mac

With a Finder window active, click Go > Connect to Server (CMD+K) and type smb://bin.emerson.edu. Authenticate with your school credentials. If the option is available, designate the domain as EMERSON. You will see a number of shares to which to connect.

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Connect from Windows

Open the Run Command Box in File Explorer (WIN+R) and search \\bin.emerson.edu. Authenticate with your school credentials. If the option is available, designate the domain as EMERSON. You will see a number of shares to which to connect.

 

What the Shares are

All Faculty and Staff Home Directories – Faculty and Staff go here to use their individual personal directory or to view the personal directories of Faculty and Staff that they have access to.

All Students Home Directories - Students go here to use their individual personal directory, or to view the personal directories of Faculty and Staff that they have access to.

Courses – Contains large file archival data for specific courses.

Departments - Contains large file archival data for specific departments.

Organizations – Contains large file videos and archival data for specific campus organizations.

Sienna - The Journalism department's storage point for use with Sienna, the play-to-air Asset Management system.

VMA Audio Library – Contains files for the Audio library. Accessible by VMA students and faculty.

VMA SFX Library – Contains files for the Sound Effects library. Accessible by VMA students and faculty.

Workshops – Contains shared files for use in training workshops.

 

Available Spaces

Bin is accessible by any lab computer, desktop, or laptop connected to Emerson’s Boston campus network. Note that while Bin is accessible from all across the campus, not all spaces have the wiring needed for high-speed video editing.

 

Common Questions

Is Bin backed up? Is my data protected?

Bin does not back up to a separate location. To be safe, you should keep copies of important files in other locations as well, such as on your personal device or in web-based file storage systems like Google Drive and Box. Bin does use snapshots, which saves past versions of files in case of accidental deletion or loss--this is not failsafe, however, and you should not rely on it.

Can I access Bin from off-campus or over the web?

Bin is only accessible while on the Emerson campus network or VPN. Bin is not accessible by the web.

I need my quota increased. Who do I contact?

If you need a larger quota for a project, please have your professor or campus organization supervisor e-mail helpdesk@emerson.edu.

I need access to a student/professor/partner’s Bin directory. Who do I contact?

Please have both parties e-mail helpdesk@emerson.edu, both confirming the request.

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