Post Production: 5 Tips for Media Management

When handling multiple post production projects, media management is essential. Efficiency in handling media should be a habit. It is a basic lesson all video editors or members of the post production crew should master but often neglect. Video editors can work faster and better if they can grasp and apply the principle of media management. Here are several tips in order to make it happen.

1.  Create a Project Folder

Once you have a project set or assigned to you, create a project folder. This is where you should place all of the media that you will need for this specific project, including the project file itself. Having distinct folders will make your workspace more organized. If you have distinct folders for your different projects you will find it easier to go to work on a specific project anytime and find everything you need there ready for use. This is most convenient when juggling numerous different projects at the same time.

2.  Save a New Project File

A new project file should be created and saved with each new project. Project files do not save the media used within the project. They only store the information as to which media files were used, their arrangement and any modifications made to the media through the program and their set locations on the hard drive. This is why project files take up little space on your hard drive.

3.  Save All Related Media Files Under Corresponding Folders

By default, a video editing program has its own default folder where all of the media imported or captured are placed. With larger or doing several projects, it is important to import or capture the needed media files and arrange them into folders within the main project folder. Have separate folders for the music, narration, interviews, b-roll shots and so on. This will make it easier for you to find the right type of media and file that you need with the movie.

4.  Label Accordingly

Choose the names and location carefully. The program remembers the exact location of each file used on the project. Once you start working on your project, you will experience difficulty in moving files that have already been used in your project. Relinking files is possible but time consuming. Choose practical names for all of your files. When you are handling several projects with a long list of media files under each, exotic names will do little to jog your memory on what's inside the file. In a few short words, describe what the media is about. This will give you a better idea on where to use it without having to constantly open the media to preview the content.

5.  Organize Files into Bins

Bins are folders within the program's structure. This is separate from how the computer organizes folders. Organizing the media according to bins within the program will tell you which media files have already been imported or captured and can be used with the program. If the files are already organized into folders, it will make it easier for you to organize them into various bins.