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We questioned Mike Willats, a member of the GeniusDV team, about how he deals with the tens of thousands of clips he uses when editing Disney projects here in Orlando, Florida.  His answer, not surprisingly was, stay organized!  Here is one method he uses:

Whether you are using Avid or Final Cut, a large portion of the battle is staying organized.
For some, this is second nature but for others it comes with a lot of arm-twisting. No matter what your style as an editor the process by which you get to the end product has several organizational elements along the way.
If you're in a situation where the edit project may get handed off to another editor, do yourself and the other editor a favor and use a naming hierarchy that speeds up the process of finding clips.  In the example below there are 20 clips for a park scene.

When naming our clips remember every edit project, no matter what the footage is, can be broken down by either:

A- describing the scene as a reference to what we see
B- describing the scene after it has been placed in a category

A- here is what we see:                                                Then sorted by name:


B - Here are categories and what we see:                  And then sorted:


Organization happens at many levels; from different drives our footage is stored on, to our "Bin" naming, to whether or not we digitize each clip or entire tapes and how we organize camera disc drives.  There are many ways to categorize our clips by using columns other than the "name" column.  However as we either digitize or sub-clip our footage, our brain associates what we see with the name we give the clip.  As our list of clips grow to hundreds even thousands of clips, sorting in the name column becomes a useful way to find what we need quickly and efficiently.  It becomes obvious after we sort- which list is easier to work with.  I know your freelance editors will say "Thank You."


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