Optimizing Edit Organization

Optimizing Edit Organization


Best article I have read

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Best article I have read in some time, Peter and one of the most useful. I qualify as an 'ambitious amateur' I suppose, as I am engaged on an on-going documentary project I devised to keep myself employed in retirement (if that makes sense). Your methods would probably represent 'overkill' for my kind of 'operation'. While I endorse everything you say, in the interests of simplicity, I devote a 1tB hard-drive to each incoming project segment, typically, when finally edited, to be a 'module' which meshes in with those before and after. Only when everything is complete and data permitting re-constitution safely stored elsewhere in the computer, will I reformat the drive for another 'project'. By having a total of eight USB drives on-hand, I am able to leave a fair volume of work incomplete, awaiting further 'research' or whatever. All footage needed for the project segment, is stored, by name in its own special file. I have lately begun logging footage in on a 'professional' basis, previously I renamed copies with a unique code, which was a string of numbers/characters which, without breaks, told me the most essential things I wished to know about the clip(s) eg date, whether transfered directly from DV-AVI or copied to mpg2; the first four letters of the location where shot,(sometimes a bit ambiguous after multiple trips, I must agree), and a serial number. On the night of logging-in, (usually the evening of the day of shooting), I also add the information to a comprehensive (physical) index, arranged alphabetically, by location. For previewing and organising shots, I use the thumbnail facility of the 'TMPGEnc' Video-Mastering works, since later, when I wish to transcode the footage to mpg2 to fit better into my 'backup' system, I only have to reload the same information as a 'project' and carry on changing to 16:9 widescreen format etc, from the point the previous sitting left-off. Basically, I have the same setup as you have,'Music'; 'Commentary' (divided into as many sub-files as necessary); Graphics; Stills; Animations and so-on. One unique addition, is a comprehensive sub-directory labelled 'Music' because I compose and 'execute' my own, using techniques familiar to those in the music industry. Those files are similarly sub-divided and although they go down to individual wave-files for each instrument group, I usually set aside elsewhere in the computer a copy, (and back-up), for future re-constition purposes. In the case of music, the (usually) 'Symphonic' scores, eg the 'sheet-music' bits are always saved along with the video files, since in an emergency the entire 'performance' may be reconstituted from those files, (albeit with the disadvantage of 'having-to-do-it-all-again'), but it's surprising how it is sometimes 'better' the second-time, when you are fresh, and haven't been listening to the same sequences of notes for hours at a time. I have, as of this date, exactly 100 DVD's of DV-AVI I am editing my way through, to give an idea of the size of the operation, eg six years of 'spare-time' shooting in-the-field.

Hi, sorry I didn't reply s

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Hi, sorry I didn't reply sooner. This one slipped by me for a bit. Nick, The trick is to find a method that works for you and stick with it. I'm sure not all of the things I wrote will work perfectly for you, but hopefully you will be able to modify them for your needs. The trick is to at least start THINKING in a organized manner, not just for the project your on, but globally. Ian, It sounds like you've given a lot of thought to your system, and that's important. Your comments extend even into organizing during production, which I didn't even get into. I'll have to look at the video mastering works for the thumbnail thing. I've recently been doing some experimenting with video databases, and this might be a good tool to use in conjunction with that.

But which program?


I adressed which program to use in a Blog post.


"If your workflow includes a video editing program (Avid, Premiere Pro or FCP) then shifting from Aperture 3 to Lightroom 4 for what LR can do with video gives NO benefit. If you have a Retina Display then for the time being I think it’s actually worse as a video management program, so stay put.

I’m writing this blog because I haven’t heard anything about this anywhere, and I stay pretty plugged in."

                                  The rest is on the blog, pictures included.