Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Project 1 - Setting Up A Project Folder

Trust me on this one; you don't want to waste time searching back and forth searching for the music, the video and the photos. Save yourself some grief and create a project file folder for your video project.

There is another positive aspect to setting up the project folder. It requires you to know what you have and what you intended to do in your video. Now if you are doing a talking head that you are not going to edit then no, you don't have to create a project folder.

Example of Project Folder
If you are doing a video that has different elements that you don't want to forget to include then yes, project folders are your friend.

The project folder can also contain those things that you might be using on a regular basis like an opening and closing credits, maybe the slide that has the URL to your blog or web site or a music attribution credit if you are using Creative Commons or Public Domain music.

Sometimes I make three separate folders for the music, video and photos and other times I just do a single folder and dump it in. It depends on the complexity of the project or if I'm doing a series where I need to find repeatable elements.

Your video editing program is going to look for the source files to compose your video. Make it easy on yourself and your computer by setting up this folder before you begin so that there is one centralized place for the project files.

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