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Have you ever heard the saying, save early and often? It's something that writers live by, and it's something you should live by, too, as an editor. But add one more thing to that phrase: save and back up early and often. In this movie, we'll discuss how to appropriately save and back up your work so that you can avoid unforeseen catastrophes with computer crashes and data loss. Now as you see here, I have two open bins, here and here, and to the left of the bin name is a little star.
This indicates that the bin has not been saved since something inside of it was modified. If I was on a Mac, this is icon would be a little diamond. To save a bin, I just click on the bin heading and type Ctrl+S or Command+S on a Mac. As you can see, this bin is now saved, but this bin is not. So to actually save all open bins, you just click on the Project window, type Ctrl+S or Command+S, and then all open bins are saved at once.
If you are in the Timeline, you can also type Ctrl+S or Command+S, but we haven't gotten there yet, so just keep that in mind. Fortunately for you, Media Composer doesn't rely on you alone to save the project along the way; Media Composer also saves the project via a great feature called Auto-Save. If I click on the Settings tab and then open up my Bin settings, you'll see here that I have an Auto-Save interval and Inactivity period and a Force Auto-Save interval.
This is saying that Media Composer is going to save all open bins every fifteen minutes, but it's going to wait until there's an Inactivity period so it doesn't bug me while I'm editing and that Inactivity period as set at fifteen seconds. And then if in between fifteen minutes and seventeen minutes I'm on a roll and don't stop at all, it's going to perform a Force Auto-Save. I actually think these numbers are too high. I like to have Media Composer save my project every ten minutes. And an Inactivity period of fifteen seconds is also a little high I think, so I change this to five, and then I change this to fifteen.
You can put whatever settings you want here, but I find that this is a good combination for Media Composer saving all of my open bins as often as possible so that I never really loss a lot of data while I'm working. I'm going to go ahead and click OK here. Well, saving a project is critically important, it does you absolutely no good if your computer or hard drive crashes, taking all of your hard work with it; therefore, when editors back up their work, they always back up in multiple locations.
Always remember, a crash should never really affect you as an editor, because you've taken the time to back up your projects in multiple locations every single time you edit. I'm going to minimize Avid, because backing up actually takes plays outside of the application. I'm just going to go inside my Exercise Files folder and copy my Swing Dancing BASIC project, which as you can see here was modified on November 3. Copy. And then I have a Backup folder on my flash drive so that even if my computer crashes, my flash drive has all of my project data.
And as you see here, I already have a folder titled Backup of Swing Dancing BASIC November 3, so that's the folder I'm going to put it in. Paste. There might be a couple of dialog boxes that ask you if you want to copy the file without its properties. This is okay, so we're going to go ahead and say Yes to all. Great! Now I have a copy of the project as it appeared on November 3 just like I have versioned copies from yesterday and the day before.
This type of project is an added benefit because even if your drive doesn't crash, you still have version copies of your project going back every single day you worked on them. And sometimes it's just really useful to be able to go back in time to see where you are at during a particular point in the edit.
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