Murphy’s Law dictates that anything can (and will) go wrong at the most unexpected times. The philosophy, sadly, applies to video editors, too. It could be a corrupted hard drive or a computer failure. Whatever the case, chances are, you might lose some files and need to start over again. Put simply, one horrible event can drive you crazy and force you to quit altogether.
The problem is that you can’t really reason out that “something came up” and refuse to turn in an output. The best course of action is always to make sure you avoid such disasters.
Here are three ways to do just that:
Give Your Computer Some Love
Editing is a resource-heavy process for your computer. At one point, your system is bound to say “enough” and conk out on you and your project. Once that happens, well, you’re in big trouble.
This is why you have to give your computer some love. It’s important to keep your system in top shape so it won’t break down in the least expected moments. Defrag your hard disk, clean your peripherals, and let your computer rest. Simple computer maintenance habits can go a long way in avoiding the sanity-breaking moment of a computer failure while finalizing a project.
Systematise Your Workflow
What drives newbie editors nuts is the overwhelming amount of audio tracks, video clips, and animations they have to deal with. This is the reason expert editors always highlight the importance of staying organised whilst preparing for a lengthy video editing session.
It pays to label all your clips and arrange them in folders for easier access later on. Ready your files in advance, too. Be sure to have stock footage and templates on your hard drive before you begin editing. These can help you greatly in covering up scenes where you lack good shots to use. You can easily find such video files online. According to MotionElements, some footage marketplaces already use visual search. You can find the right video needed to complete the project with a single image file.
Create Multiple Backups
It might seem like common sense, but many editors still forget the value of having multiple backups of their files. There is no sure way to tell when your computer or your hard drive will suddenly fail you, so you need backups as a contingency measure.
Import all video files to one or two hard drives for safekeeping. You can also harness the cloud for video editing. Although it is insane to upload full video clips to Google Drive or Dropbox, you can use the cloud as storage for your projects, metadata, and other records.
A little organisation and maintenance can go a long way in keeping your editing projects sailing smoothly. Apply these tips into practice to keep your project – and your sanity – intact.