How tape can ease your workflow…

How do you mark all the media you get during a shoot? SD cards from the mixer, SxS cards or XQD cards or P2 cards. I use a really simple method based on different colored neon gaff tape. Neon Pink (or yellow) and Neon Green. When you remove a card from the camera PinkTape it and mark “CamA_1_date”. After offload and confirmation Green tape it! It’s that simple to keep track of what’s what. The green is really just an extra layer to remove any doubt that the card is clear to format.
You can also save all your “Pinks” to log your offloads over days of shooting. This together with the log from ShotPut Pro puts my mind at ease that everything is ok.

To make this easier you can put small “pinks” on the side of the camera so ways accessible right after eject!

Remember to put all media on at least 2 different location BEFORE formatting your card. A Raid is NOT a backup. Happy Copying!

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Backup anyone…?

 

I did a local backup to my home server a couple of days ago. Today I just realized that I accidentally must have deleted every single digital image pre 2005!!! 1000’s of images gone!! My heart did skip a beat, but only for a second. I logged into my backup server at work, where I keep the “second backup” of everything digital in my life… Order is now restored! πŸ™‚ Backup is an absolute must these days!

I have one local backup in for of a RAID1 external drive. This offers some protection in case of a disc failure (which is a question of when, not if) but doesn’t cover stupidity or fire/theft. Therefore I also have an old computer set up at work which offers an offsite backup solution. All digital files are kept in 2 places, a pretty good way of safe guarding your files.
There are a lot of options today, Dropbox, different clouds and crash plans. People just need to get on board. I think very few people imagine how they’ll feel if they lost every digital picture they’ve ever taken.
Keeping large volumes of data, say a couple of TB (video files often/easily compile this amount of data) can be quite costly but on the other hand: what is the cost of loosing everything…? One easy and pretty inexpensive solution is simply having an external harddrive at a relative’s house. Make a copy of all you stuff once a month and at most a month worth of data is all you’ll loose. You also get to see your relatives at a regular basis… πŸ™‚

How does everyone out there backup up all their digital content?

Hard Drive Failure – Backup?!

This morning an awful sound came from the closet that houses my server at home. It sounded like someone had stuck a fork in a blender… Funny enough, just yesterday, I made a comment about how my hard drives spin, day in and day out. EYEtv is running 24 hours a day recording tv to the disks. Well the computer must have heard me… cause it showed me a big red text that read “stripe slice failed” πŸ™‚

I’ve been lucky through the the years and despite failed drives I’ve lost very little data. I know of people who’ve lost enough data to make a grown man cry. Because as you know, it’s not if but rather when the next hard drive will fail. I don’t think it’s an option, it is a requirement to have a good backup system setup, both at home and at the office. How would you deal if you lost all pictures of your kids/friends and family becuase they were on that drive with no backup. Not to mention work related files.

I have an elaborate backup system setup, involving both redundant drives on-site as well as an off-site backup in case of fire/theft/flooding…but I am a nerd. πŸ˜‰

Nowadays there are many great options for automatic backup solutions. External hard drives thats sense a new file and automatically makes a copy Β or Cloud solutions costing next to nothing that synchronize your data as soon as something new is added. I am just surprised how few people use them… How do you backup all your data?