Keeping your project nice and organized when editing is essential – you never know who you might have to hand the project off to, or if you might have to come back to it much, much later. If it’s not organized, headaches and cursing ensue. Keeping things organized outside of the NLE – on your hard drive or server – is just as vital for passing off a project or archiving it. Here’s a look at one potential project organization setup that I use, plus a free download of the folder structure!
ApprovalsThis folder is for non-final versions that are ready for the client to look over (usually .mp4s in my case).
AudioThere are 4 folders inside the Audio folder:
- Mixes – specifically for mastered & mixed .wav or .aif files
- Music - for the raw stock or original music used in the project. Even if you use a master library, I recommend copying the songs in here so they stay with the project.
DocumentsI put scripts, interview questions, project briefs, casting notes, etc. in here.
GFXThis folder is for any non-footage elements like logos, images, pre-rendered lower thirds/motion graphics, etc.
MastersDirectly inside the Masters folder is where I put the master .mov files – ProRes 422 HQ typically.
There’s also a subfolder called Deliverables: This folder is specifically for non-archival delivery formats needed, like H.264 for web, ProRes or XD Cam for TV station delivery, .m2v/.ac3 files for DVD, etc.
MediaSome people prefer to keep their media in a different place/drive than their projects. If you like to keep it all together, put it in this Media folder, organized by “Reel X” folders to separate card/shoot days.
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