Last year when I did a Screen Media course at the local college, the topic of Media Management came up. I've since realised just how important this is, as I've accumulated well over 2TB of footage and photos since I bought my HV30 about 3 years ago.
For those of you who don't know, Media Management is a term used when referring to how you store and archive files. In the film and photography world, it could mean the difference in knowing exactly where everything is when you need it... or spending hours searching keywords on your hard drives just to find that footage from the wedding you shot in 2009 that the couple wants a BluRay of.
The question I lay before you all, is this. How to do accoumplish Media Management personally?
For example, I personally have a folder on a hard drive (not C drive) with the folder "Daniels Video Stuff", and within that I create folders for every job, film shoot or test shoot I do. I do this by putting the date first, then the name of the shoot.
Within that folder, I create folders for Footage, Project File and Renders. Within the Footage folder, I create a folder for each camera I use (in my case, GH1 and HV30) and then a folder for Audio (as I record externally with a Zoom H1).
All my files are then dropped into their corresponding folders.
I do the same for my photos, but without as many folders. I simply create a folder with the date and shoot name, create a folder called "RAW" (as I shoot all photos in RAW), then a folder for JPEGS (if I convert the RAW files to JPEG) and a folder for any edits I make within that.
If I do a more complex video shoot, within the date+shootname folder I create a folder called "Assets" for anything that may need to be included... such as stills, charts or music.
How do you guys handle it?