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Organizing and Archiving Your Digital Media 334 · Exist independently of storage location. You can include files that are stored in many different locations (different hard drives, on CD, and so on) in the same catalog. Media cataloging applications also have a few drawbacks, such as the following: · Another application to learn and maintain. Media cataloging application are applications , mean- ing that you have to learn how to use them, keep them updated, and so on. · Don't integrate with the digital lifestyle applications. Because they are separate applications, cataloging applications don't integrate with the digital lifestyle applications. For example, if you use iPhoto, you probably aren't going to want to also maintain your image files in the media cataloging application. This detracts somewhat from the benefits of using a cataloging applica- tion. · Cost. Of course, these applications aren't free. TIP If you want to explore a media cataloging application, you can download and use one such application, iView MediaPro, at no cost for 30 days. To get information about iView Media- Pro and to download a copy, go to Organizing and Cataloging Your Source Tapes When you organize and catalog your project files, don't forget about source tapes, such as your DV tapes. You should organize and catalog source tapes so that you can return to any source material that you need. This doesn't have to be a hard process. Create a Tape Log to Organize Your Source Tapes 1. 2. As you use a tape, name it. A simple way to do this is to use the current year and a sequential number, such as 2002-1, 2002-2, and so on. When a tape is full, review the tape and record its contents in a log. You typically will review a tape when you create an iMovie project from it anyway so this step doesn't add much work. TIP I recommend that you never record over a source tape. Tapes are relatively cheap and easy to store when compared to the fact that you usually can't recreate the material that they contain. Source tapes should be their own archive. Your source tape log can be fairly simple, such as an Excel spreadsheet or a simple database. In most cases, you should include the tape name, the date on which the material was recorded, the start and stop timecode for each segment, and a brief description of that segment's content. Even a simple tape log like this makes finding source material relatively easy. (If you have ever stared at a pile of tapes and had no idea what they contained, you will see why a tape log is a very good idea.) TIP Generally, you shouldn't remove a tape on which you are recording from your DV camera until the tape is full. If you don't remove it, the tape's timecode will be consistent from start to finish. If you do remove a tape, so as to record on another one, the tape's timecode will probably be reset to 0:00:00 when you start recoding on it again. This makes your catalog a bit messy because you can have multiple segments that start at the same timecode (that being 0:00:00).