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Log and Capture Strategy

Log and Capture Strategy

If you have timecoded source material, it's highly recommended that you log everything available for you to use in your program. If you are working on something that has VHS or other nontimecoded material, I highly recommend that you dub this material to the format that the rest of your material uses and then log and capture these dubs. You probably won't lose any quality whatsoever, and you will be able to use OfflineRT mode editing and recapture all material automatically used in your program or recapture this material automatically later for a revision of the same program for a client.

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You might not believe up front that you will use every take you have at your disposal. However, time and time again you'll find that what you thought you wouldn't use, you need later to edit around a problem that might involve something like matching action. This is especially true when you're working with narrative film. I also think it's best for the editor to do the logging and capturing, because familiarity with the source footage is enhanced. You can use the Mark Good check box to sort only the clips you initially want to capture. Then you can put the offline uncaptured clips in a subfolder (that's best kept in the folder of the scene it relates to) for use later if you want. It's a lot easier to find a clip that's already been logged than to spend time (possibly with a client sitting next to you) searching for that sixth take. Not only that, but you also impress your client to no end when you locate a certain take from 30 source tapes in seconds.



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