On Labeling & Cataloguing:
“Boring, too long” was the chicken scratch on my judging sheet from one of the judges
of a 2006 Summer Contest. Just three words and no marks assigned. And, it appears, that it wasn’t “Pick-on-Old-Dave-Week”,
either, since other Club members shared similar experiences during the November 2nd Meeting.
But that’s by-the-by.
The above comment may very well be applied to the task of “filing” of information
on our video stuff in our editing room. But think about the huge yields on your investment of time creating hand-written files!
“Now where the heck are those shots of the lake I want to include in my current project? Which box? Which tape? I took
those shots in 2001 - I think - was I still using Hi-8 then?”
Scratch, rattle and ransack. Fast-forward. “No-o-o. Maybe it wasn’t on this tape.“
Wouldn’t it so-o-o nice to grasp a binder with indexed dividers, titles and locations
all filed. “Ah, Lake Echo - Hi-8 original on Tape # 26.” Wheel across to the shelves; boxes of Hi-8 originals;
pluck out tape # 26; read the tape sleeve to find the entry “Lake Echo”, time-coded as 00:25:04:16.
Similarly, it’d be lovely to be able to quickly locate where your Masters are to be found,
whether on DV tape or on DVD.
Imagine: you’ve just finished burning the DVD of your ‘best-ever’ production
and you’ve made the Master copy on DV tape. About six minutes’ worth. ‘Well, I’m so pleased with myself.
It’s done! Now to enter it and claim the award.”