Workflow in digital media Part 2

Digital workflow for the moving image is even more important because of the large volumes of data that accumulate very quickly. What was cans of reels of film is now mountains of tapes or hard drives. While the digital image outshines film for durability in process, the archivability of film is hard to beat. The diazo compounds of reversal films are very stable dyes and properly processed can last a very long time.

So what is the first part of your workflow? A decision. What sort of data retention to I want? Answer this and you are a good way along in your workflow creation.

How long do you want to be able to keep the raw footage you shoot and how long do you wish to be able to access it? This is the beginnings of your workflow, but it is the meat of Information Security. Most people don’t give it that name, but it is what it amounts to. The three cornerstones of information security are confidentiality, integrity and availability. This applies to your processes as well as your archiving.

I have a friend who archives each year’s work on two hard drives just in case one fails. I use tape for primary footage capture and only use tapes once and archive them after ingestion. For my newer camera that shots only to SD card, I use 16GB cards and then archive the card after one use. This is unfortunately still about four times the price of tape, but the ratio continues to fall.

Deciding how much you are willing to pay for data retention is the foundation of your workflow.