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If you're not careful, editing can quickly become an overwhelming
process. Before you start cutting and splicing, you need to know how
to manage your media. If you take the extra steps to set up your editing
project properly, you'll be the next baby Spielberg in no time.
setting up your batch capture, get just a little more than you need.
That way, if you decide to fade in or out, or do some other wild crazy
effect or transition, you will have the necessary extra time on your
clip to perform the transition without cutting into an important part
of your clip.
capturing, eliminate as many background programs running on your computer
as possible. The more programs that are running in the background,
the more opportunity you have for dropping frames because of the system
being weighed down.
separate folders on your system for your different types of media
such as Video, Edited Sequences, Sound Effects, Voice Overs, and Graphics.
If possible, organize your Video folder to the different types of
clips. Organizing your work not only helps you think more clearly
and efficiently, it also can save resource space. Organizing your
files will help you quickly see which clips you will need, and which
ones you can erase.
is captured through the IEEE 1394 card, it receives a special compression.
Many systems have the ability to allow the computer to "play
through" the captured video out the IEEE card. When this option
is selected, any time the special encoded video is played, the IEEE
1394 card recognizes that the video is playing, decompresses the signal
and sends out a signal though the IEEE 1394 connection. If a DV video
camera is plugged into the IEEE 1394 connection, the rendered preview
will show up on the camera and can viewed through the view finder,
the LCD screen or a hooked up external Monitor in real time and at
full resolution. This not only saves desktop space, but also gives
the real feel of what the video will look like on TV.
Save Your Work
systems are overloaded, they have more of a propensity to crash or
make corrupted files. Consequently, when video editing, there may
be more of a tendency for the the computer to malfunction. That is
why it is very important to back up as much as possible. Save the
project file often to protect against crashes. To protect against
corruption, save multiple versions(make sure to label these versions).
To go a step further, save to multiple disk resources in case the
main disk is destroyed.
of the sheer size of video, it may not be feasible to back video files
up. As an alternative, save the capture lists and be prepared to use
them. Even if the video files aren't completely lost to corruption,
digital artifacts in the video that were not reported as dropped frames
when captured may still be found. Many times, it is very easy to get
rid of these digital gremlins by simply recapturing using the saved
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