In these days, recording and storing videos is more or less an easy job for most of us, thanks to ever-growing digital technology. We know there are smartphones like iPhone 6S or Nexus 6P that can shoot 4K or Ultra HD videos. At the same time, file sizes of this 4K video really matter if we are running out of storage space.
Typically, a 4K video recorded at 30 frames/seconds will have around 400MB of file size!
Thinking from an iPhone 6 user’s point of view, various storage options are available from 16GB to 128GB. But, is it enough?
It is frustrating when we search for a particular video file from a huge list, there can be a case of accidental deletion of files from a huge directory. And, I do believe that most of you use some sort of backup procedure for your videos. Do you? If you don’t have a backup strategy yet for storing those thousands of photos,you’re going to seriously regret it later.
So, what should be our approach for organizing and managing large number of video files?
Recreational video-graphers don’t have to worry about different file types in between video editing. If you’re belonging to this category, all you have to do is maintain raw footage of videos you’ve recorded (Hope, you’d know raw files are unedited videos you’ve shot). And, if you want to go for editing your raw videos, don’t forget to make a copy of the raw file before editing.
How to Manage your Video Files?
Digitize your VHS Tapes
Some of you still have a collection of old, non-digital VHS cassettes. If you want to consolidate all your videos, you can even think about digitalizing your VHS footage. There are several digital services available which will assist you to convert videos file to different format. Some of these services allow you to convert VHS to either DVD format or online storage.
Using YRMODA Format in File Naming
Most of the today’s cameras allow sorting of the videos automatically by the date they were shot. It’ll be helpful for you to know the exact date when a video was taken. Sometimes, the date will be appended to the name of the video. Take your time to rename these videos to YRMODA (Year/Month/Date) format.
Use Tags to Identify Videos
There are digital tagging programs to automatically tag your videos by different attributes. This tagging involves either a small keyword or a brief annotation to organize videos on-demand. These tags will be really helpful if you have a lot of footage.
Storing in Different Folders
Sometimes, it’ll be difficult to tag each video you have. In such situations, you can create a bench of folders according to the category you want and drag and drop your video files into it. For example, create a new folder and put all the videos taken during your last vacation into it. It’ll be more convenient if you create additional folders based on yearly basis and move the rest of the folders into it.
Wrapping it up…
If you’ve a large collection of video files, it’s good to organize them in a proper way. Whether you’re a hobbyist or professional videographer, you can follow certain techniques to manage your video files. Renaming videos, adding suitable tags to them, classifying under different folders, etc. are some of the methods you can do in order to classify your video files. Repair corrupted video files if it is required. It’s also good to centralize video files from your different devices into a single platform.