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  • Data Management

  • Leigh Harrington

    July 5, 2007 at 4:54 pm

    Hello all,
    I’m looking into a data management system to begin organizing the massive library of footage we have from various projects. Until now we have simply kept a running list of what tapes we have on the shelves, but would like to create a searchable index not only for the tapes but for clips (by subject) within the tapes. It would be nice to have in and out points so all you would have to do is stick in the tape(s) and let your editing system handle the rest.

    I’m using Vegas now and I know it has a good data manager, but part of our department uses VT 4.6 so I need something (fairly inexpensive) that will work with footage captured/edited in each program.

    Does anyone have suggestions on good programs and what features I should be looking for in a good data management system?

    Thanks

  • Seth Estrada

    July 6, 2007 at 12:51 am

    I’m not sure what type of batch capture scripts are already available for Vegas, but somebody must have a good one. In the meanwhile, be sure to log your tapes and other media into a spreadsheet program like MS office or OpenOffice, then you’ll have a searchable index that can go anywhere with you. A good script should allow you to just paste in the tape name, in and out points of the desired clips, and then let Vegas do it’s thing, but I’ve never written a script, and I don’t actually know if one like this exists. Does that help? If you you’re just going to dump a bunch of media on a NAS, then just use Picasa: it’s searchable, free, shows thumbnails of the media, and will let you drag and drop from the search results.
    -seth

    “Oh be wise, what can I say more?”

  • Edward Troxel

    July 6, 2007 at 12:20 pm

    [seth_estrada] “I’m not sure what type of batch capture scripts are already available for Vegas, but somebody must have a good one.”

    The best one I know is the “Veggie Toolkit”.

    Edward Troxel
    JETDV Scripts

  • Leigh Harrington

    July 6, 2007 at 12:23 pm

    Thanks Seth,
    We currently keep a running list of our tapes in an excel spreadsheet program. We do training videos for a state agency and we will soon need to be able to search our archive not just for tapes but for clips within those tapes that has to do with a specific topic. Let’s say, for example, that we are asked to provide a list of every training that contains direction on the proper procedure for handling exposure to Meth labs. We may have a 5-minute clip in eight different videos and would like to be able to identify which videos they are quickly. Some footage is stored on archival hard drives, the rest would need to be recaptured so in and out points would be great for both. That way we could compile a new project with just the appropriate clips.
    The main thing is finding something that can capture metadata from both Vegas and VideoToaster.

    -Leigh

  • Leigh Harrington

    July 6, 2007 at 12:23 pm

    Thanks Seth,
    We currently keep a running list of our tapes in an excel spreadsheet program. We do training videos for a state agency and we will soon need to be able to search our archive not just for tapes but for clips within those tapes that has to do with a specific topic. Let’s say, for example, that we are asked to provide a list of every training that contains direction on the proper procedure for handling exposure to Meth labs. We may have a 5-minute clip in eight different videos and would like to be able to identify which videos they are quickly. Some footage is stored on archival hard drives, the rest would need to be recaptured so in and out points would be great for both. That way we could compile a new project with just the appropriate clips.
    The main thing is finding something that can capture metadata from both Vegas and VideoToaster.

    -Leigh

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