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Jimmylee RemillardHow do you manage Stock Footage?
by on Jan 19, 2011 at 5:43:56 pm

Hey CreativeCOW, I'm hiring a new employee for my company and we have a massive stock library (Photo's, Videos, Audio Tracks, Green Screen, Ect). My question is, how do you go about keeping your stock footage managed for multiple users?

Should I look into Final Cut Server and a Mac Mini? Maybe Adobe has something we could use. I just need all my employees to be able to search for the footage they need easily to not hinder workflow.


Thanks,
Jimmylee


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Dave LaRondeRe: How do you manage Stock Footage?
by on Jan 19, 2011 at 6:26:17 pm

You might want to look at CAT DV, reputed to be a great asset management tool. Here's some info on it:
http://magazine.creativecow.net/article/fast-enough-datadriven-broadcast-in...

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Jimmylee RemillardRe: How do you manage Stock Footage?
by on Jan 19, 2011 at 6:30:27 pm

Thanks a lot, i will check that out.


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Tudor "Ted" JelescuRe: How do you manage Stock Footage?
by on Jan 19, 2011 at 7:35:58 pm

My team is using Adobe Bridge quite successfully. All the library footage (on a network drive) has keywords in metadata that are introduced in Bridge. A search is really fast and easy.

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist


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Jimmylee RemillardRe: How do you manage Stock Footage?
by on Jan 19, 2011 at 7:42:20 pm

Thanks, Ill check that out.

Does it have different categories for audio video photo ect? And, does it work with Apples Motion and Final Cut Pro?


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Tudor "Ted" JelescuRe: How do you manage Stock Footage?
by on Jan 19, 2011 at 7:59:06 pm

You can choose to create categories and subcategories in your metadata or just archive to different folders. Adobe Bridge is a standalone app- it will give you the option to open files with... but that is for the Adobe products. However, I think (never tested that in Motion and the like) that you can just drag and drop your selection from Bridge to another app.

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist


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Joseph W. BourkeRe: How do you manage Stock Footage?
by on Jan 20, 2011 at 3:09:29 am

I'm having great luck with Adobe Bridge, presently managing hundreds of client projects, stock footage, stills, audio, and more - my last job was at an ABC affiliate, at which I managed literally thousands of files, for News, Promotions, and Commercial Production using Bridge. Through careful structuring of the network folders (and strong naming conventions), and a carefully thought out category/subcategory system, I was able to put my hands on anything I needed at a moment's notice.

Joe Bourke
Owner/Creative Director
Bourke Media


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Jimmylee RemillardRe: How do you manage Stock Footage?
by on Jan 20, 2011 at 2:10:34 pm

Do you know if it works good with Final Cut Studio? Also, do you know how it compares to Final Cut Server? You guys make Adobe Bridge sound awesome, ill take a look at it closer.


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