Organizing your collection involves arranging your files into a coherent directory structure, and clearly naming those directories. Good organization is needed to retain the original order of your video files, and ensures that videos do not get lost or accidentally overwritten. It is also easier to find videos in a well-organized collection.
A Scenario: When Everything is in Someone’s Head
The Children’s Rights Center regularly produces short edited videos about children’s rights issues. For every video that the Center produces, it ends up with a large amount of raw footage and production elements like graphics and music that can be re-used in other productions. The material is not organized, but Mohammad, the video editor who works with the footage, remembers where everything is stored and can find clips when he needs them.
One day, Mohammad is offered a job at another organization and leaves the Children’s Rights Center. The Center’s new video editor, Raja, cannot make sense of Mohammad’s files and cannot locate the footage she needs.
To prevent this from happening again, Raja starts to organize new videos by production in clearly marked directories. In each production, she separates the raw footage, final outputs, and production elements. Within these subdirectories, she places files into clearly named folders with unique identifiers.