Storage Media – For your extra shots

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Since the beginning of filmmaking, extra shots has been on the back of the filmmaker’s minds. However it was not until recent changes and innovations in digital technology that made extra footage within storage to be made possible. By possible we mean relatively cheap, and easy to store. Thanks to the SD cards and other re-writable media now available to most, those extra scenes that you wanted to have taken on production day are easier to take than ever. For most of you this is not something new, however those of you who aspire filmmaking as your career, next hobby venture, or what have you; this is great news for your pocket.

Most Important Things to Remember for Storage

  • Never erase your digital medium unless you’re completely sure that you have back ups (preferably multiple).
  • Always empty your cards before you run through a scene, or before a production day.
  • Do your best in filming with the highest resolution. (Break up scenes into shots if scene is lengthy).
A suggestion would be to have, at hand, more than one SD card. This will allow you to, if at any moment you ran out of space, finish the scene or get as much filmed as possible. Sizes in SD cards vary from the specific type of SD card that would be compatible with your camera. For example:
English: A comparison of three different size ...
English: A comparison of three different size memory cards. Left to right: compact flash, SD card and micro SD. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Since the type of SD card used varies with the camera, always refer to your owner’s manual to make sure your camera can handle the various capacities. You can always comment on this tip or on any other tip if you have any doubts on what memory card to use for your camera. Also make note that if you have an older camera that uses tape, or HDD storage formats, this article does not directly apply to your equipment.

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