Red Giant, a software company, makes great third-party plugins for video editing and motion graphics tools. They also have software that can help you transfer your footage as you do data management. In this video, Richard Harrington demonstrates how to use Red Giant Offload to manage data on set.
- Red Giant software makes many popular plug-ins for use in video editing and motion graphics tools, but they actually have an archive utility too. It's called Offload and it makes it easy to transfer media from removal memory cards to portable storage. Let me show you how it works. Red Giant Offload is a very simple-to-use tool. You start by selecting a source. Camera media is easy to identify because the icons are different than the drives. Once you do that, it'll quickly load the material down below.
You can then choose a copy location. Click the Choose button and choose a destination. I'm going to place this in my transfer folder and I'll make a folder called cam three. You can also add subfolders along the way. For example, we'll call that cam three underscore card one.
You can also add additional ones if you want to create a complex file path. You can also add a second location. Tools like Prelude and Backup and others allow you to specify multiple file locations. In this case, I only have one external disk targeted, but I can also target my internal drive. I'll make a new folder and call this transfer, press Return and let's add a new folder there, cam three underscore card one.
There we go. Look over the information. Feel free to browse and have a look at the files. You just get a nice thumbnail to help you understand what's there. And when ready, click the Start button. The media will begin to transfer and you'll get a good idea of the progress. You'll notice as the clip transfers, it becomes outlined. You can also see what's happening here with the overall progress for all clips. Right now for example, as it's about 15% complete, you'll notice that this box is 15% shaded.
Once your media has transferred, you'll notice that it puts a checkbox and the color of the transferred clip will switch from yellow to blue. This visual feedback, very large user interface, and details as it goes are designed for people on busy sets. There are other tools for managing data, but this is one that's very visual. So if you're going to be managing from a distance and leaving the system unattended, a lot of folks like Offload because it makes it easy with a quick glance at the computer to understand where the progress is at.
Once this first copy finishes, it will switch and make the second copy and it's a pretty straightforward process. Offload is available for both Mac and PC from Red Giant software and you can download a demo to give it your own try.
Follow Rich Harrington as he takes you through a practical workflow, explaining how to set up and organize your cameras on set, as well as how to set up a data transfer station on set to ensure that your data has a place to go. He also covers software tools, from using your computer's operating system to transfer data, to organizing your material using dedicated software solutions like Adobe Prelude. Plus, Rich goes into backup strategies, card management, and how to successfully hand off your data to post-production.
- The benefits of on-set asset management
- Challenges to look out for when managing data on set
- Confirming record options and acquisition format
- Building an ingest plan
- Creating a chain of command
- Managing data using a laptop, mobile workstation, or tablet
- Using your operating system to transfer data
- Building a data transfer station
- Logging, transferring, cloning, and transcoding data
- Reviewing backup strategies
- Handling incoming cards
- Erasing or reformatting media