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Old July 2nd, 2002, 12:17 AM   #1
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Organizing footage

How do you organize your footage/tapes? Just wondering about other effective methods.

I currently have a very simple setup. Every MiniDV tape I buy immediately gets labeled with a number and listed in an Excel spreadsheet. (e.g. MDV001, MDV002, MDV003)

After I use the tape, I fill in pertinent information for that tape in Excel. (e.g. notes, descriptions, date & time etc.)

Of course I still can never find the tape I'm looking for, when I need it, but that's another issue ...
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Old July 2nd, 2002, 01:09 AM   #2
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I expand on your methid just a bit by filing DV cassettes away in a Barco cassette tray (from my sponsor Pro-Tape at www.pro-tape.com, about $15 or so) and these trays live in an inexpensive clear plastic three-drawer storage bin. Everything in one place...
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Old July 2nd, 2002, 04:15 AM   #3
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I also write a short "title" on the DV cases to know what it is
about, without having to look up the number.
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Old July 2nd, 2002, 08:49 AM   #4
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I have about two dozen stacked up on my desk, about a third of em without labels, the rest are in a shoe box. Works for me.

(Your method sounds better.)
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Old July 2nd, 2002, 11:02 AM   #5
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Wait until you get about fifty or sixty tapes laying around, and then you'll be sure to adopt some sort of method.

Those labels! So tiny... the real estate of a VHS spine label seems like Montana in comparison. Hard for me to write anything intelligent on a Mini-DV label. That's why the simple code-number method makes so much sense.
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Old July 2nd, 2002, 06:50 PM   #6
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i do mine by project name and tape # .
France tape 01, France tape 02 etc...
load them into excel .... store them in boxes by project name ..
have a misc box for those 1-2 tape holiday tapes
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Old July 3rd, 2002, 12:36 AM   #7
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First I number the tape with the date mm/dd/yy + A,B, C, etc

On the reverse side of a stickie note I enter the same info plus the contents of the tape, stick it to the side that you put the tape in. all done

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