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Chapter 4. Organizing Your Video

Chapter 4. Organizing Your Video

Organizing your videotapes is so important that it's really too bad it seems at first glance rather boring and tedious. It's certainly not as glamorous as shooting, and it's even more clerical than editing. Nevertheless, organizing is key. You may never edit all your tapes, but every one of them should be organized.

One of the secrets to editing well is knowing what material you have to work with, and the only way you will know this is if you've watched all of your tapes at least once. It's only natural to take some notes as you watch a tape, and this chapter will guide you in how to label tapes, take notes efficiently, and prepare for editing should you decide that's what you want to do.

What's great about organizing your material is that even if you choose not to edit, you will really know what is on each of your videotapes. Sometimes years after shooting something, for example, I might be working on an unrelated project when I decide I need a certain kind of shot (a sunset, my parents on vacation, a plane landing at an airport) to fill in a hole or take advantage of an opportunity I created while editing. Through clear and simple organization, I am my own hero in these situations—and you can be one, too. Take a few easy steps to keep your video organized.

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