Archiving Your Original Files

In the rush to finish a project, it's easy for the original source files used to create the project -- the raw video, audio, or photographs -- to fall through the cracks and become lost. Often times, you don't even realize that things are lost until months later, when you want to re-edit the piece, or re-use or reference the footage for a new purpose. When it's months after the fact, old media may have been discarded or overwritten, memories are fuzzy, and people involved in the project have moved on and are more difficult to contact. Therefore, it's best to archive your source on a regular basis.

The best way to do this is to purchase an external Firewire or USB hard drive and use that as a central repository of all your media. You can capture media directly to the external drive, or simply use it as a back-up. Here are some basic steps: