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
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 making your Media Composer Project.
Label the Project Name with your Show#. The Format should be set to 1080p/24.
Build the following folders and bins as shown.
Use the Linked Files Bin to link your media into Media Composer before transcoding it to Avid Media.
Use these transcode settings for EVERYTHING you link and transcode into your project.
This will make new Avid Media that will be easier for your computer to work with.
Then move the newly transcoded clips into the proper bins.
Link and transcode all your footage from production. Organize and label footage in the proper scenes bins. Do this before anything else as it will familiarize yourself with the footage and make the rest of your editing easier.
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 going to Preferences, – Project – General. Then change the default starting TC.
Make a new sequence and label it your show#_Assembly Edit
Download the appropriate material from the Extras folder on Frame.io. Then link and transcode it.
Once all your footage and the material from the extras folder is linked and transcoded. And everything has been labeled organized and reviewed. You are ready to begin your assembly edit!