How to Manage Your Footage Like A Pro?

Do you know what happens after I’ve done all the shooting for the day, do I just leave the clips on the SD card, or do I transfer it all into my computer?

Find out in this video as I walk you through the process of Managing Your Footage Like A Pro.

From learning how to organise your folders to learning tips on how a pro editing workflow is like

So after every shoot, the first thing that I will do is download the footage and save at least 3 copies of it.

Yes, 3 copies. Because I was taught the old school way.

That the footage doesn’t exist unless there are 3 copies of it!

Create a “Dated Folder”

So the first step is to create a “dated folder”

So this is another power tip. Label all your projects by date, that way any revisions will be reflected as a more recent date.

I learnt this lesson the hard way… way back when I was still a junior editor.

I accidentally sent the revision to a client because i forgot to keep track the revision no.

I sent a xxx-rev4.mp4 to the client when the lastest version was a rev5 !

Naturally I got into a lot of trouble with my supervisor then.

And since then, I always label them “dated folder”

Create a “Camera Folder”

Next, I will dump all the footage into a “camera folder”, I tend to label them according to the camera make and model cos it just suits my workflow better, but you can always find another way that suits you better.

The most important thing is to be able to figure out what’s in the folder when you need the footage later.

Repeat the process for all footage

I will repeat the process and do the same for the rest of the footage I took of the days’ project from the rest of the cameras that I was working with.


Sometimes, depending on the project and post-production flow, I will “post-process” the footage and label each individual footage/clip with a Scene number, a Slate number and a Take number.

This is especially important if I am handing off the project across several editors for post-production editing so whoever receives the project can tally off the storyboard and compare the shot-list to be able to make sense of what and where to edit.

So I hope this simple tutorial is able to help you become a better editor.

This has been Pete from SuperMedia. Signing off here till the next video.

Stay Super!