Backup origional videos

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Tech198, Jan 31, 2014.

  1. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    Do people here recommend backing up original videos before editing them ?

    Basically before using iDentify to add/delete meta data, or don't people worry about backups or this ?
  2. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
    I don't bother because I still have the originals in the camcorder.
  3. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    I back them up via copying them from the SD card onto one HDD, and that HDD is cloned onto another HDD, and that HDD is again clone to another HDD. Therefore I have three copies of the original footage, as the SD card will be formatted once I have to use it again.
  4. daybreak macrumors 6502a

    Sep 4, 2009
    Why back up original footage?. It is best to make a back-up of your edited version.
  5. acearchie macrumors 68040


    Jan 15, 2006
    Not if you need to make adjustments or pull footage from the archive in the future.
  6. firedept macrumors 603


    Jul 8, 2011
    I always work on copies of the original videos. Original videos are never touched and are always backed up twice, once on a clone drive and once through Time Machine.
  7. Tech198 thread starter macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth

    ok thanks...
    The main reason i wish to maybe keep the originals, if because when I edit in iTunes, its saved to the file... hence any mistakes i may make i can just trash the video and start from scratch with the original instead of trying to figure out what i did wrong. eg applied wrong cover art etc
  8. DavidDoyle macrumors member

    Dec 11, 2013
    Another vote for making a backup of original data.

    I copy the contents of my memory cards to a drive after every shoot. From there those files are backed up to another location.

    I then use the copied contents as the source for import into FCPX.

    In my case, there is too much invested in the original shoot not to retain all material captured. I can always go back to the original material if there is any issue in the future.
  9. AcesHigh87 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 11, 2009
    New Brunswick, Canada
    Always always always backup your footage. Sure, it's not cut yet, but if anything happens to your footage during the edit or your editing drive breaks or what have you its always important to have multiple copies of your footage.

    I work for a post studio and we don't even transcode the raw footage we get in until it is backed up at least once. Twice is preferred but it depends on what the client gives us for backup drives.

    You only want to shoot once, and for some stuff you can only shoot once, so don't risk it.

    Prime example: last month we had footage come in from a dock one of our clients was shooting. It was about a specific person (I'm not gonna get into the details) and the subject actually passed away during filming (they had footage of him and his funeral). Knowing this we made sure to backup all the footage twice when it came in.

    Good thing we did as well because the original drive was accidentally erased by the cameraman afterward and one of the backup drives failed. If we hadn't backed up the footage properly the project would never be getting completed because it is impossible to re-shoot it.

    Moral of the story: A couple of $200 hard drives is the best investment you could ever make. Don't risk your footage: back it up.

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