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Setting Up a File System

File management has become more complicated since we left the world of film and video tapes. In the days of film and video tape, it was easy to refer to the capture medium and find takes or footage. On film you always could refer to the film frame numbers or reel number, and on video tape you could refer to the tape name or the time code value. Unlike the days of shooting tape or film, you cannot just label a tape or a roll of film and set it aside for later. Your capture medium consists of digital files and folders upon folders of these files. If you are not careful, you can lose, overwrite, or erase your footage in an instant.

When filmmakers move into the wonderful world of tapeless workflows, it is important that they create a new organizational system in order to locate footage easily and quickly. With DLSR footage, this is even more important because current DSLR cameras do not record time code; not only do you not have the original tapes, but you don’t have the time code to refer to either.


  

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