Long video productions

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by petelobo, Jul 29, 2006.

  1. petelobo

    petelobo Guest

    I am a new Avid Liquid 7 user with a training video project that will
    end up being about 5 hours of output that has fallen into my lap. It's
    all shot and needs to be edited. My question is, what's the best way
    to organize this as I edit, given that it is likely to span 2-3 DVD's?
    Should I edit it into 3 projects, possibly splitting topically to fit
    the finished file onto the DVD's, or is it reasonable to edit this
    whole thing as a single file? One of the guides I've gotten for the
    software says that Liquid 7 was to have added the ability to author to
    multiple DVD's, but I can't find any reference to that in the manual or
    reference guide.
    Thanks, Pete
    petelobo, Jul 29, 2006
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  2. Definitely break it up. Maybe into segments no more
    than 60 minutes. Remember that there are training and
    audience fatigue issues beyond just what will fit on a
    DVD. Not to mention avoiding the "all your eggs in
    one basket" risk.
    Richard Crowley, Jul 30, 2006
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  3. petelobo

    Jack Perry Guest

    Richard is right, break it into segments:
    you'll get better audience comprehension and you won't face possible
    computer system issues from playing back massive video projects and effects

    I recently completed a four and a half hour instructional dvd set for a
    corporate client where, in order to hold onto eveyone's sanity, I broke
    it down into modules that ran about 30 minutes each. --- your material
    may warrent different timings, but people can only stand so much
    powerpoint and chalk talking. The fact that the DVD format gives you
    random access and better info organization really helps with your
    project objectives.

    Having a beefy computer system to run your software helps too. So does
    frequent project saving and backups.
    Jack Perry, Jul 30, 2006
  4. petelobo

    petevand Guest

    Thanks guys. I was definitely planning a chapter structure, most of
    them less than 30 minutes (I believe there are 14 chapters in about 5-6
    hours). I guess my question as it specifically relates to Liquid 7 is
    whether I need to keep the file as a long single file or actually
    produce multiple of what Avid calls Sequences.

    It certainly seems to make sense to use shorter Sequences (L7 backs up
    after every keystroke, so that's not a problem), but L7 includes the
    DVD authoring software in the program, and my concern is whether
    breaking up the file will screw up my ability to produce the DVD's.
    One possibility I've considered is running a sequence for each DVD, so
    there might be 3 or 4 chapters in each.

    petevand, Aug 19, 2006
  5. It is almost never a good idea to create a huge file when
    several smaller files will work. This has nothing to do
    with L7, but with the fundamental workings of computers.
    It would be remarkable if L7 required everyting on a DVD
    to be in a single sequence. Doesn't seem like a good idea
    no matter how you slice it. Never a good idea to put all
    your eggs in one basket.
    Richard Crowley, Aug 19, 2006
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