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Complete Workflow, Storage & BackUp for Photography + Video. This may well be the most important behind-the-scenes video we’ve made to date. Not because it’s fancy or sexy, but because it covers arguably the most essential information on a set of topics that every photo and video person should understand: workflow, storage and backup of your precious images. This video covers all the ins and outs, the theory and the details of our complete photo and video workflow from capture to archive and everything in between.

So whether you’re a seasoned pro, an aspiring amateur, or just starting out in photography or video we’ve worked hard to make this worth your time. While there is no “right” digital workflow, ours has been shaped in the professional environment over the past 10 years. There are, of course, a number of ways to do this stuff, but several key concepts remain consistent no matter what your level of experience. In recent years, workflow, storage and backup has probably been the most requested topic I’ve been asked to cover…and rightly so. Digital Camcorder Memory Formats: Guide to Digital Camcorder Memory Formats - About Camcorders.

Digital camcorders record video to a variety of memory formats: Digital 8, Mini DV, DVD discs, hard disk drives (HDD), flash memory cards and Blu-ray Discs. Each camcorder memory format has its strength and weakness. It’s important to familiarize yourself with the various camcorder memory formats because the type of memory a camcorder records to will have a major impact on its size, battery life, and ease-of-use. Note: this article only covers digital camcorder memory formats. If by chance you're interested in analog technology, please see Analog Camcorder Basics. Digital Tape There are two primary digital tape formats: Digital 8 and Mini DV. While tape-based camcorders are less expensive than their rivals, they’re not as convenient, at least where transferring video to a computer is concerned. If you’re less concerned with storing and editing video on a computer, tape formats still provide a high quality, low cost digital option.

DVD camcorders record digital video onto a small DVD. Personal Digital Archiving | Digital Preservation - Library of Congress. Overview How to Preserve Your Own Digital Materials NDIIPP publication: "Perspectives on Personal Digital Archiving" (2013) This publication contains a series of blog posts, compiled from The Signal, on the subject of personal digital archiving. Specifically, the topics include guidance for such things as choosing file formats and adding descriptions to digital photos; first hand accounts of working with and preserving personal collections; descriptions of outreach activities and interviews with library professionals on the subject of personal digital archiving, and many others.

Link to the full publication (PDF). Personal Digital Archiving Day Kit The Library of Congress has held Personal Digital Archiving Day events to provide this basic guidance to individuals about preserving personal and family memories in digital form. Are you interested in hosting your own personal digital archiving event? Learn More Take the quiz Learn interesting facts! Got a question? Digital%20Video%20Archiving.pdf. Get Organized: How to Manage Video Files. Shooting video is more convenient and accessible than most of us could have dreamed even a few years ago, making it tempting to clutter up your computer and smartphone with clips of family vacations, videos of your dog eating bugs (guilty as charged), and other slices of life. You should want to keep them all and edit them into short films that you'll want to share or just re-watch yourself. That's what they're for!

But you shouldn't toss them all willy-nilly onto your computer's desktop. Video files pose unique organizational challenges. For starters, they're much larger most other files types, so where you store them and how frequently you archive them matters. Second, you probably remember what's in your video files in a very different way than you remember or think about other kinds of files, such as a PowerPoint presentation. Getting Started Organizing Your Videos To organize your video files, it's important to understand just how many copies of videos you are likely to have. A New Guide for Archiving Digital Video. The human rights organization,, — who gave a presentation at Digital Preservation 2013 — just published The Activists’ Guide to Archiving Video. Though this guide is intended for human rights activists, it covers all aspects of digital video archiving so thoroughly that it is of value to anyone and everyone, from individuals archiving their personal videos to organizations developing digital video archives.

Witness’s staff of professional archivists and video technologists structured the guide in a sequential workflow under the headings Create, Transfer, Acquire, Organize, Store, Catalog, Preserve and Share. Each step in the workflow includes an example scenario and graphics; details the advantages and disadvantages of certain practices; and provides tips with basic and advanced levels of technical information. The website is displayed in a clean, easily readable layout and each section is filled with links to tools and resources. How to Archive Camcorder Videos - About Camcorders. Camcorders have not only gotten lighter in weight, but thanks to hard drives and higher capacity flash memory, they can store a lot more video too.

The happy upside to these two trends is that it's easier to record more video footage than ever before. The downside, of course, is the nagging question of what to do with this video once you're done shooting it. How do you ensure the footage you've shot with your camcorder will last for generations?

Archiving Your Video: Cheat Sheet There are a few steps involved in archiving your camcorder video, so here's a little tip sheet to guide you through the steps: Step 1: Transfer video to a computer hard drive. Step 2: Create a back-up on DVD and/or transfer video to an external hard drive. Step 3: Track camcorder memory formats as they evolve over the years. Step 4: Track camcorder video codecs as they evolve. If it sounds a bit daunting, don't worry.

Step 1: Transfer Video Your computer should not be the final resting place for your video files.