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31st March 2003, 08:19 PM
Those of you that create your own clip/stuff how do you name them?
As some of my stuff is outthere I spend half the time trying to come up with new and interseting names (well try).
WHat about everyone else? or is it sjust dancing girl clip No 2,345,127
31st March 2003, 08:48 PM
every clip in my system is called (some slight variation of)
asdasd test1 huff dvpal.avi
which is SO handy for finding them later
31st March 2003, 09:50 PM
interesting thread Rova, bravoo : )
my clips usually end up called something like skitz's, but when i really try i get a lots of
txt / txtt / txxt / txxttt
or lines / lineeEes / linessSs / llines which is also very handy : ))
31st March 2003, 10:11 PM
When I'm working for school, the whole thing is rather good organised, every course had it's own folder, the files are called after the thing the refer to, the name of the chapter, the name of the expirement, followed by a number: eg:
the resulting file is called:
when I'm doing visuals:
I try to put the comments and properties into the file name, so you can see directly what you have in front,
since windows 9X you can give you files filenames of 256 signs,
the problem is, you only can read the first ten signs or so on the screen without pointing them so example:
total file name
rotating sphere test 005 avi cinepak 95 res640480 good vjbassy.avi
which will become on screen without pointing:
rotating sphere te....avi
which is very handy and usefull off course ....:(
anyway, when I've made the final file, I put them in a performance folder under a simple name:
Hope get my point
31st March 2003, 10:17 PM
BTW I have starnge titles like Altars Of Madness, Cerebral Demons, Jester's Time Tunnel,......they are like works of art to me lol
31st March 2003, 10:52 PM
Well, it is a sort of easy.
When I make my clips I do them at 640x480 in JPGB compression first and place them in a folder.
All original files have name describing the scene like "purpleraimbow" or "pink whatever". Something that help me to relate the name with the animation, usually is something related with the most peculiar caracteristic of the animation. When I have a video of some freak guy with tatoos on his face I name it "freaktatoo" or another freak person "freakcandy" or "sexifreak" when the girl is freak but hot.
Then, after I have all my material ready I create another folder called "(the name of the party)performance. That is the place of the filez that are going to be used in the party. So, I take all my original files, import them in to Media Cleaner to output them to 320x240 cinepack.
Then I add and X before the name of each file to know that is the compressed file and not the original.
I always have original files for my demo reels, so I do not have to re-render everything if I have to use them for my own demos.
The same thing with the party logo, if the animation goes pretty fast I call it "logospeed" or "logointro", it would be the same logo but one more smooth for when the people are getting in to the dance flor.
That is it!:D
1st April 2003, 04:00 AM
I too use catergories within the file name. they go something along these lines:
(Capture Session/Source Name) - (File Description) - (Edit#) - (Post editted effects)
so a file name might look something like this:
BRS - Launch Fallaway - EDIT2 PP.avi
BRS = Blade Runner Session (clip isn't from blade runner, just during that session of captures)
Launch Fallaway = its a rocket taking off, with the support structure falling away
EDIT2 = hmm... I think this was my 3rd edit (j/k)
I've got a little system for naming post editting effected clips:
PP = Ping Pong'd clip... will loop seamlessly in any player
COMPRESS = original clip has been compressed down into blipvert-type clips (if you don't know what a blipvert is, watch Max Headroom, the movie)
1st April 2003, 08:48 AM
I go by the 'very first thing that comes to mind rule'. When I rapidly want to find clips, because I want to follow the music with a relevant theme. I need to get at my clips real quick, so calling them the first thing you think of when you've first watched the render is the best technique i've found.
1st April 2003, 10:44 AM
Mine are always a mess, as you work on one clip you save it, then change it again, so save it with a similar name. I usually name it the first thing that comes to my head, like 'InsideUsAll', as i'm always in a rush and want to move onto the next thing.
I also try to be organised by adding v1 or v2 at the end to distinguish later versions ofeach clip. In the end after a few months i forget have to look at them all again to remind myself, these methods also annoy my partner in crime as he has no idea what i'm trying to get at.
2nd April 2003, 08:09 AM
Has anyone tried using for instance filemaker to organise clips? You can not only attribute remarks to it but also actually link the movies to your database so could search for all clips with a certain remarc e.g. dancing girl and then look at the clips a a preview. should be pretty handy if you don't use the same machine for live and for creation. also requires somethink like a firewire drive...
Good idea or not whacha think?
2nd April 2003, 04:01 PM
I organize my files after the content they are made off. If I make a clip with only text in it I name it: textblabla.swf and then put in front of it FONT_textblabla.swf So I can see what they are about. I have about 20 categories for my clips so I can easily find em. But my system kinda sucks if u have many files. because then u have about 200 files bgeinning with FONT_ so I already started to put in another sorting system in the file name like FONT_TRASH_blabla.swf
2nd April 2003, 07:01 PM
since I work with themes here is the naming ocnvention I'm using :
*theme is the name of the current theme
*## is the number of the clips, most of my themes have around 30 different clips
*_suffix is some info about the clip. _a would mean the clip is an alpha channel (a mask), _800 would mean the resolution is 800x600, _800a would be a 800x600 mask, etc.
for example :
trainz01_a : mask for the 1st clip of the trainz theme
Robotoy05_800 : the 5th file of the Robotoy theme, 800x600 rez.
That's it !
4th April 2003, 06:15 AM
To find my clips I found the best way for me was to use iview (http://www.iview-multimedia.com/) it's a very usefull little soft but it's only runing on Mac...
4th April 2003, 07:19 AM
say i do a loop of a man dancing i'll cal it
then change it a little for a different look and change the name to match
"dance man man "
then try with a little more movement , but naming fast so i know which one it is
"Dance mano man "
and so on until i've gotten board with it and want to move on to the next image . before i move on i scrap the ones that didn't quite make it to save space and keep only the ones i like the most . once i've made 10 images or so , as 10 is nice number , i find myself with a list like my last lot .
01"girl girl robot"
02"comp jumpy jump"
09"mano man "
4th April 2003, 04:01 PM
I go with the flow......anything goes, numbers, names, places, adjectives and so on......it really depends......
Once i had some video feedback that was really weird so i named it Fucked up shit and then the clips after were fuckedup 1, fucked up 2 and so on........sometimes i don'T even name anything i go with numbers ( order of creation of the clip....)
Anyways that was my two cents of the day....
for the one's going to finland for pixelachy 2003, wi'll see you there next week....
8th April 2003, 11:04 AM
While playing around with clips, I like to use names that reflect what has been done to the clip, so I might have a name like:
Just because I tend to generate so many test clips that without a readable naming system, I'd quickly lose track.
Also, because we work as a team, we need to be able to understand the names of clips that eachother have created.
We often rename clips once we have completed a set though, so the final clips that we use will usually have shorter names.
9th April 2003, 06:51 PM
I like the idea of storing movie links in a database...this code in a file called movie_search.cfm
<form action="get_movie.cfm" method="post">
Get all the movies relating to this theme:
<input type="text" name="Criteria"><BR>
<input type="submit" value="Search Movie Database">
submits the movie theme search to a page called get_movie.cfm with this code:
<!-- get all the movies relating to the theme of your choice from the database-->
<cfquery name="rsMovie" datasource="movies">
where (movie LIKE '%#Form.Criteria#%')
<!-- output the movies one by one-->
so you can on the fly get all the movies relating to your theme from the database and output them one by one ....leaving you to apply effects or scratch or whatever. This is also useful if like me you call your movies something like optimized_320240_30fps_man_riding_bike_1.mov as it finds all movies that have either optimized, 320240, 30fps 'man ' 'riding 'or 'bike' in their titles
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