Entering a Reel Name for the Current Tape

All clips require a reel name. Make sure you enter the proper reel name before you capture. The reel name is necessary any time you need to go back to your original tapes. This is especially true if you need to recapture your footage from tape. For more information, see Choosing Reel Names.

Important: You can change the reel name at any time, but you should get in the habit of entering the reel name as soon as you put a new tape in the VTR or camcorder.

To enter a reel name
  • In the Reel field, enter the number or name of the tape, then press Enter.

    • To choose from a list of recent reel names: Control-click the field.
    • To clear the contents: Option-click the Slate button.
    • To increment the letter or number at the end of the name: Click the Slate button.

      For example, if the current reel name is 500, clicking the Slate button increments the reel name to 501. However, if the current reel name is 500C, clicking the Slate button increments the reel name to 500D. If the reel name is 500Z, clicking the Slate button increments the reel name to 501A.

      Figure. Log and Capture window showing Reel field and Slate button.

To ensure compatibility with older editing systems, the safest reel names are simple, three-digit numbers, such as 001, 244, 999, and so on. If you think there is even a slight chance you might need to move your project to another editing system, you should use this reel-naming convention.

Note: On many older editing systems, the term is reel number, not reel name.