On the F1 cycle, since there is not a dedicated Assistant Editor position, it is the responsibility of the Director to ingest and organize the media from the day’s shooting. All of the fruits of your labor reside in the captured media, so it is very important to make sure that everything is backed-up well and that nothing is accidentally erased. Be sure to double-check everything as you go through the following steps.
The Director of each project is responsible for bringing a personal laptop and a personal hard drive to set. They will be responsible for backing up the footage at the end of the shooting day.
It is important to copy all the data to multiple locations, so that there are back-ups that can be accessed in the result of hard drive failure. At the end of the day, the Director should therefore copy the day’s data from the media card to the following locations:
- on the portable hard drive included in the camera kit
- on the student’s personal hard drive
- on CMPAFilmPost
Use the teachers station in the iMac lab to offload to the server. Your media should be copied to the following folder:
After the Director has double-checked that all files have been copied over to the different drives, they can clear the media card, so that the next project has an empty, formatted card on which to shoot.
On your first day of post-production, you will begin by copying down the footage from the server to your local workstation in the lab.
When your assets have completed copying to the local workstation, go ahead and open a new Premiere Project. Don’t worry about setting the sequence settings yet as it’s easier to do that once you have media imported. Name it the appropriate show number and save it to the correct folder file path:
Organize and label footage in the Video folder. Do this before anything else as it will familiarize yourself with the footage and make the rest of your editing easier.
Rename the sequence
xxF1 Dailies and arrange your footage in the timeline in scene order. Remember to choose “Change Sequence Settings” to match the media.
In preparation for final delivery at the end post-production, you will need to change the sequence start time to timecode 00:59:00:00. This can be done by clicking the dropdown menu in the top-right corner of the timeline panel and selecting “Start Time…”
You can then duplicate the Dailies sequence and rename it
xxF1 Assembly Edit. Get in the habit of duplicating your most recent sequence and renaming it, as this will maintain the correct sequence settings we have established. Your sequence settings should always look like this:
Import the appropriate material from the Extras folder and build out the rest of your bins as follows:
Now you are ready to begin your assembly edit!