6 Replies Latest reply: Dec 28, 2013 5:27 PM by 105437
105437 Level 1 (0 points)

Okay, I've finally decided to convert all of my old VHS and MiniDV tapes to .mov files so I can host them on my Plex server for family & friends across the country to be able to view them online.

 

All of these tapes contain various recordings that feature each of my children, family gatherings, vacations, holidays etc. As I recorded them, I basically would use a tape and fill it to completion and then move on to the next tape and fill it. So recordings were all chronological in time but were not separated in the areas mentioned above.

 

Any tips on how to ensure I don't miss using any footage and how to organize things in FCP? I envision importing a single .mov file from the tapes and then plan on extracting the individual clips for use in their separate areas. I'd like to have an event in FCP for each child, vacation etc. and then separate projects in each event to separate years, location etc.

 

Anyone else done something similar, any helpful hints etc? Thanks, daunting task but hopefully it'll be made easier with a good organized way to do it. Appreciate any advice!


MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3)
  • Russ H Level 7 (20,300 points)

    I don't think there is a single solution that would apply to everyone.

     

    If it were my project, I'd probably organize things chronologically – creating a folder for each year for the ingested files. Then I'd create separate libraries for each of those folders and then separate Events for themes like trips, milestones, etc. Then different projects for specific "episode's" (e.g,. "Jane's middeschool graduation").

     

    I'm sure others will have other (and probably better) ideas.

     

    Good luck with your project.

     

    Russ

  • 105437 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Russ... I failed to mention that I will be using FCP 10.1. I know there are some changes in 10.1 that relate to media management and hierarchy. It's going to be an overwhelming amount of footage to deal with. Is there a good way to know for sure what is in a "production" timeline and what is not? That would help me know if I missed anything along the way.

  • Russ H Level 7 (20,300 points)

    The 10.1 changes are big and I'm still trying them to see how they apply to me.

     

    There are some excellent (and free) resources being offered by training pros on updating and organization best practices. Some are video tutorials and others are texts. If you do a search you'll see what I mean.

     

    Russ

  • 105437 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks, I'll check it out!

  • Russ H Level 7 (20,300 points)

    Take a look here.

     

    http://fcpx.tv

     

    Russ

  • 105437 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Russ... really appreciate the link to the info!