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Media Management Housekeeping

So, you have decided that you want to be a video editor. Whether you have chosen Avid or Final Cut Pro as your platform, there are some media management housekeeping issues that you should start practicing from day one. learn to keep your files organized! I know that it may seem quite stupid but, I can't stress this point loud enough, it pays to be organzed. After you have taken on a few large projects and have flooded your desktop or external drive with stray files, you'll find yourself cleaning it up later and making some of your elements in your saved projects go offline, because they have been moved. Now that's frustrating!

Before you log the first clip of your project, you should have already decided on a file logging scheme to help make your edit easier, and most definitely if there will be more than one person working on the same project!

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Naming Scheme Suggestions:

1. Use Description field to name each individual shot

2. Use auto incrementing scene and use numbers to keep track of clips within the script. When a clip is logged, it will be automatically incremented.

3. Use Mark Good checkbox to distinguish between takes you want

Here's a great article about organizing your projects.

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Behaviors In Motion was the previous entry in this blog.

Exporting QuickTime movies from Avid Express Pro is the next entry in this blog.

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