Additional Sources for Logging Information

Not all logging information has to be created by the editor during post-production. Some kinds of projects, such as feature films and episodic shows, use shooting scripts, which break down the original screenplay into detailed scene numbers, camera angles, and so on. This information is then translated into camera reports created by a camera assistant during shooting. Timecode (video) or feet and frames (film) are written side by side with notes about the shot: actor and camera positions, lighting setups, audio information, notes about bad takes, and so on.

This information can be merged with post-production logging notes to help the editor easily identify the reel and timecode numbers corresponding to each shot in the movie. With the shooting script’s detailed information about scene and shot numbers and the camera report information added to the log notes of your clips, it is much easier to navigate your raw footage.

If several people are logging footage on a large project, it is important that they use similar naming conventions, and that notes are made using consistent descriptions and shorthand. For example, everyone should use the same abbreviations, such as “CU” for close-up, “MOS” meaning “without sound,” and so on. It doesn’t matter what conventions you use, as long as you are consistent.