I have been gigging for this place and they have an annoying (to me) habit. I have tried to tell them otherwise, but they are insist on not changing. Or in my opinion, improving.
We shoot with Canon 5Ds and when done, turn in the CF cards to their digital asset manager. On more than one occasion I have started off a shoot and there is footage left on the card. On site, I have no clue if that footage has been saved off to a computer.
They tell me it's the camera person's job to format the card at the start of each gig. I have repeatedly tried to tell them that's not industry norm. The person offloading the footage is supposed to MOVE, not COPY the footage off. That way, when the card is used again, it's empty and the camera person has no fear of overwriting or formatting potentially unsaved footage.
So, what do you do? Am I right? Or are they? What's your procedure? Any insights would be appreciated.
First off, I'd say there's no "right way" to manage digital assets. While I think most of us would agree that a well-defined workflow of labeled media and duplication is ideal, unfortunately, it usually comes down to your DIT's personal preference.
Secondly, I'd make the argument that if that's how they roll, just do what you're told. If they lose footage due to the practices they've implemented, that's on them - not you.
Finally, the system I've always used is a label face-up/face-down approach. Face-up means empty/backed up, face-down means it hasn't been duplicated yet. I've also added one additional layer of security to that, by marking labels with a grease pen before starting a shoot. Once the DIT has backed up the clips, he wipes the label clean.
I'm a unique blend of overachiever and procrastinator. I'll do it all - later.