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Post Production
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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.


When 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.

While 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.

Organizing the Raw Media

Set up 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.

Saving Desktop Space.

As video 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 Often

When 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.

Because 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 capture list.

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