Learn techniques for managing the massive amounts of data generated by shooting video on a set or on location.
- Hi, and welcome to this course on managing your data from video cameras both for onset shoots and when shooting on location in the field. My name's Rich Harrington, and I'm here today to share some of my professional experiences with you. In my career, I've held many jobs in the film and video industry. I've been a business owner for a production company. I've also been a director for both live television, as well as public service announcements and training films through the years. And I've held many different jobs onset and in post-production.
Today it's important that you learn how to actually keep all those projects well organized. And we're going to focus on one aspect, the data. In a modern workflow, there's a whole bunch of things happening. Lotsa cameras, sometimes five, six, twenty on set, with many different record formats. Lotsa different things that you can get wrong, and memory cards just keep getting smaller and smaller. In this course, we're going to explore a very practical workflow. Throughout this course, you're going to learn how to make sure your cameras are set up and organized.
It all starts with a good shoot. Once that's done, we'll talk about actually setting up a data transfer station onset to make sure that your data has a place to go. I'll share with you some practical strategies to keep your data organized, both with using card wallets in the field as well as what sort of drives you might choose to use. We'll also explore software tools, from as simple as using your computer's operating system to dedicated software solutions that really help you organize your material while you're actually onset shooting. We'll also explore the importance of backup.
I'm a big fan of the approach of 3-2-1 Backup, making sure that before I leave set, I've got three copies of the data. This'll typically take the form as the original memory cards being saved, when possible, and two additional copies. Once that's done, we'll also talk about what happens after the shoot and how you should collaborate with those in post-production to ensure that the data is successfully handed off. Whether you have a big budget or a small budget, there's a lot you'll get out of this course. We're going to focus on practical techniques that don't require a lot of equipment, but rather just good workflow.
I'll make sure that you're ready for your shoot, and that losing data or misplacing a memory card is a thing of the past.
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