Episode 8

How to be more tidy in back-up and post-production

Today we’re going to talk to you about the management of 4 things that will help you in the backup and post-production phase.

The clapperboard

The clapperboard is not only useful for sinking the image with the audio of the video, but it also has a practical function for editing. During the shooting, when the clapperboard is fielded before you have pressed rec, the first frame (and then the preview of the clip) will be the image of the clapperboard with all the information written down.
You will be able to locate the clip you need in no time, just simply read it!

Memory cards

One of the most precious things a filmmaker owns!
It’s important that they are always cataloged and made recognizable, with labels or pieces of colored tape. In this way, it will be easier and faster to know which cards are usable and which ones should not be formatted.

The folders

Let’s make a premise: it is absolutely essential to make at least two copies of a project’s footage, we suggest you between 3 or 4 copies. These should be made in different external hard disks or other storage systems, which should be in different locations, just in case.
All files related to a video project should be divided into folders. How do we organize the folders?
1. Create a folder with the name of the project;
2. Inside it, create a folder called “Footage” and put only the video clips in it;

3. Create an “Audio” folder and put all the recorded audio in it.
4. Create a “Music” folder and put the songs used in the video project.
In short, for any type of file you are going to upload for the project, create a dedicated folder.
If the work requires more days of shooting and maybe more cameras then create specific folders for each day of work inside the footage folder, and do the same for the folders dedicated to the different cameras.
At the end of all this, as I said before, make at least a double copy in a second hard disk for backup, even better if also on a third one. Everything needs to be well cataloged.

The summary table

As the number of projects grows and the number of hard disks grows, we recommend that you create a table where you can write down what you have cataloged and where. That way if you are looking for a particular folder, you can just go and check this table and not search every hard disk!

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