Label and Log Your Footage

Hopefully you have been labeling all of your tapes, storing all of your consent forms and taking great notes from each shoot throughout the filming process. If you have, congratulations – you’ve saved yourself a bunch of time!

Once you have shot all of your footage and are ready to edit, take some time to get to know your footage and label all of the material you will be working with. If you have more than an hour or so of footage, it’s worth taking the time to log your footage so you can quickly find shots, quotes and content that you want to use in your video.

You can be creative with how you log your footage, but be consistent. Using a spreadsheet with the following columns are a good start:

  • Column 1: Timecode that lists the start and end time of the footage (i.e. 00:05:32 – 00:06:45) – this will save you lots of time when you are trying to find the clips to edit
  • Column 2: Briefly describe the footage (who, what, where, when, etc)
  • Column 3: Comments for you to refer to later – is the footage worth using? why or why not?

What’s Next? Video Equipment Checklist

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