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Log Using a Spreadsheet

Logging your footage provides you with a searchable reference of your content .

Regardless of the size of your project, from a few hours of footage to a few thousand, you need to know what content you have acquired. Although there are many specialized applications to help you log your footage, you can just as easily use a simple spreadsheet.

Tip

If you do not have a spreadsheet program, you can create a tab-delimited text document that will accomplish the same goal. A tab-delimited file is a way to separate what you type into columns. In such a file, each tab is a column and each line is a row.

Double-Checking Your Tapes

Before you start, make sure all of your tapes are uniquely labeled and numbered [Hack #3] . You also need to be sure the timecode on your tapes does not regenerate [Hack #4] . Although you can catch these problems while logging and fix them [Hack #48] before you begin editing, it is easier to fix these problems early in the process.


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