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Take Notes

When you’re shooting, you may think you’ll remember that the panda bears were located at roughly the 24-minute mark of the tan Panasonic tape, but in reality you’ll find yourself scanning through the footage and wishing you’d taken the time to take notes. Get a simple binder and make columns for the tape, timecode, and notes. Then as you’re shooting, jot down what you’ve just filmed. It doesn’t have to be complicated, as long as it offers a quick reference to where your scenes occur. Taking notes is also essential when you need to keep track of locations and the names of people who appear in your video.

Tips

  • Label your tapes. They add up quickly, tend to look alike, and are guaranteed to fall off your desk in a cluttered heap just before you need to grab the right one in a hurry.

  • I hate taking notes, too. With digital video, however, you have an advantage: before or after a shot, simply keep the camera running and speak your details. It won’t help you find a clip in the middle of a tape, but it will give you the important details of what was recorded.



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