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Save, Save, and Resave

All the prep work and organization are only half the story. You need to periodically save your work. This is the first main point I want to drill into you when you're working on any project. It is so important, but unfortunately, too many editors ignore it until it's too late. Let's face it: When you're on a roll, the last thing you want to think about is breaking the rhythm you're in to save your project. But what could be worse than editing a masterpiece all day long, only to see your system lock up just as you're about to output your project? The only thing you can do is reboot. You might have lost everything—all because you didn't save your work.

I cannot stress enough that you should periodically save your work. The best times are when you are at a resting point, after logging or digitizing a number of clips, after editing a complicated section, before you make any changes, or before you set out to render your entire timeline. These, of course, are only a few examples. Save as often as you feel comfortable. To save your project, do the following:


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