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Ingesting Media

Lesson 27 from: The Cinematic Filmmaking Workshop

RJ Bruni

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27. Ingesting Media

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Ingesting Media

(somber music) So we have all of our footage shot. It's on our cards, it's on our SD cards. Now, the first thing is ingesting that into our hard drive, or our computer. For myself and my company, we use a large RAID/NAS system, which allows us to edit on multiple computers off the same hard drive at once. And it also gives us some safety if we lose any footage. But, I would recommend you using maybe an SSD, and make sure everything is always backed up. I usually have it backed up twice, and then, also, backed up to the cloud at all times. So, I'm gonna show you my file system, so, how I name my footage and my folders, and keep everything organized. Let's get into it. So here, you can see a lot of blurred out folders. These are some of the projects we're working on currently. But, at the end, you can see Cathy Terepocki folder. So, it's important that we keep everything from this project in one folder. So, if we use any sounds or any logos or anything, everything lives inside this fol...

der. So, when it's backed up or moved or whatever, everything lives inside. And, when we open Premier, it'll have a really easy time locating things if the folder ever gets moved, 'cause everything has a nice home inside of it. So, I always organize it year first. So 2021, then, we have the month, which is June, and then we have the day. So, this is organized it quite nicely and keep them all in order. And, then, we don't use spaces, we just use underscores. And then we go, Cathy Terepocki. That's not the title of the film yet, 'cause we don't have one, but we'll use that for now. So, first, we have our assets. So, any logos or graphics, they'll go inside there. Then, we have a film stills. So, this is where I took some film stills on set. So, some photos, this is where those will live. Music, obviously, where our music will live. Project files, this is where our Adobe Premier project files will live, as well as if we're using after effects. They'll also live in there. Here, we have our raw folder. So, this is where all of our footage will live. And then, we have our renders folder, so, when we start to export our film, or even our cut downs, everything will live inside our render's folder. So, let's go into how I name the project file, so, let's go into the raw. Organized everything by, of course, the date, again, that we shot it and then day one. So, this is day one, and we were in the studio, just to remind me what we did. Day two we were in, we were mining, and we were also in the studio. Day three we did the dinner, and then I did one day of offloading some of the VHS that I shot. And this one I usually wouldn't have, but it's for the workshop, so, some of the behind the scenes stuff for the workshop. But, let's go into day one. So, now I organize it just by camera. So, normally, for this one, I would've just had the C 'cause that was my camera that I shot it on. And I also recorded an interview on a separate card, just 'cause it was a separate file format. So I put that in there, and named the interview to keep it all organized. But, we also have some R5 stills. We also have the black magic that we shot the workshop on, so that goes there. And then we have the Atomos, which was recording my screen for the workshop as well. So let's go to C 200. So, it's important with any footage ever, that every single piece of footage or any file that we ever capture always has a unique name. That way, when things get moved around, folders get moved or whatever, Premier will never try to link a piece of footage to another piece of footage with the same name, because there will be no other piece of footage with the same name, because every piece of footage has a unique name. So, how I name my footage is the date that we shot it on, the title of the film, well, this is our working title, so, Cathy Terepocki. We'll do the camera, and then we'll do, start at 101 and go up from there. This is a file system that, you know, we've developed over the years, and it sometimes changes, depends on the client and the agency, but it's something that works for us. And it just, basically, just creates unique file names for every single piece of footage. If you're doing anything in finder, and you wanna rename just in finder, I think you can go like this, and you can rename. And then, this is my file format. So, format, name, and index. So, we have the date, as you saw, we have the title of the film, we have the C 200, and if you just go underscore, and then next would be the number. So you can do that, and you'll get unique names for all your footage. It's very important just to keep things organized that way, and keep things just unique so that we don't run into issues later on when we start moving folders around. So, that's my file structure of how I keep everything organized. You know, this is something that we've used over the years at my team, and we've just learned how agencies and other production companies need their files that we work with. So this is something that we use, and, sometimes, it has to be changed depending on the needs of the agency or the client, and that's totally fine. The few big things are that we keep everything organized. So, we keep everything in the same folder and all of our files are always named in a unique way. Obviously, throughout the project, we're gonna be adding to these folders in our main folder. So, like, music and the project files. If we have anything else that we need to be adding that doesn't fall into any of those folders, feel free to add to that folder. We're gonna be doing so, as well, throughout the whole process.

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