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Don't Get Lost on the Cutting Room Floor: Organizing Your Assets for Content Creation


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  • How many of you are currently or going to be editing video for your organization?How many of you have some sort of organizational system in place… how many have just been thrown a bunch of flip cams and are trying to figure out what to do with it all?
  • Lost a file? Haven’t been able to find assets you need? Had to open up a project made by a predecessor and have no idea what you’re looking at?
  • Larger projects down the road? More complicated? Just MORE?
  • iMovie or other software that duplicates your media every time will cost you more in the long run because the extra storage will cost more than the $80 you spend on the NLE.
  • Typical office File Server does not support the data rates required for video work, also USB not a great option. Firewire, eSATA, keep an eye on Thunderbolt.
  • Producers, marketing, PR, can see what is available without always having to come to you to find out.
  • Vimeo Plus is only $60 PER YEAR!!
  • LTO – LinearTape Open
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    • 1. Don’t Get Lost on the Cutting Room Floor (Organize Your Assets for Content Creation)
      Josh Cass, Editor
      Stacy Laiderman, Producer
      See3 Communications
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    • 3. Introduction
      • The importance of being organized.
      • 4. Differences in editing tools.
      • 5. Storage
      • 6. Organizational strategy
      • 7. Archive process
      • 8. Archive storage
    • Imagine your digital assets in the physical world:
      Where would you rather work?
    • 9. Added Benefits
      • Work faster
      • 10. Find it when you need it
      • 11. Longevity
      • 12. More time to stay focused on being creative!
    • Think before you act
      • Prepare your organization strategy ahead of time.
      • 13. Be consistent with every project.
      • 14. Try to plan for the future.
    • Choosing your editing tool
      • Consumer NLE’s such as iMovie and Windows Movie Maker.
      • 15. Inexpensive more fully featured reference NLE’s such as Premiere Elements or Sony Vegas.
      • 16. Professional level NLE’s such as Final Cut Pro, Avid, or Premiere Pro
    • Storage Devices
    • 17. External Storage
      • Why use external storage?
      • 18. Don’t use you’re computer’s primary hard drive.
      • 19. How much storage will you need?
      • 20. AJA data rate calculator.
    • What kind of external storage?
    • Random Array of Independent (or Inexpensive) Disks
    • Start with a file structure
    • Create a file naming system
      • Make the filenames easily identifiable.
      • 35. Both on your storage device and in your NLE.
      • 36. Version, version, version.
    • 37. A system only works if you use it
      • Copy your files to the correct folder BEFORE you import them.
      • 38. Take the time to name your files correctly.
    • So your video is done. Now what?
    • 39. Create a paper trail
      • A log of every project that you have completed.
      • 40. Store in an easy-to-access location such as your office fileserver.
      • 41. Make it easy for anyone to understand.
    • Other things to include in the paper trail
      • What elements are in a project
      • 42. What footage was shot
      • 43. What music was used
      • 44. What kind of images were used
      • 45. Transcripts
      • 46. Script of the finished video
      • 47. Doesn’t have to be a detailed list of everything
    • Save your finished copy
      • Keep a high-quality version of your finished project
      • 48. Easily accessible
      • 49. Download the source file
      • 50. Vimeo Plus vs. YouTube
      • 51. Office file servers
      • 52. Website CMS or DAM system
    • Archive Storage
      • Your storage is getting full and you need to get rid of old assets.
      • 53. Optical storage is an option IF your projects are small enough.
      • 54. LTO – put that tapeless media on TAPE!
      • 55. Periodic hard disk conditioning.
    • Questions?
    • 56. Contact Information
      • Josh Cass,
      • 57. Stacy Laiderman,