ShotPut Pro 6 Tutorial – Now for Windows – Copy Your Footage Safely and Securely
If You’re Copying Footage With Explorer You’re Doing it Wrong
Now on many micro/no-budget productions you’ll find a guy with a laptop on a cart, USB hub attached, copying files over via Finder or Windows Explorer. The problem with that is even though you may believe that the gigs and gigs of data have copied successfully, it is entirely possible one clip out of the batch was corrupt. You won’t know until you open the clip and see that corrupt frame. It has happened to me with a REDmag. Luckily I hadn’t wiped the media. That’s a story for another day.
ShotPut Pro 6 was out for OSX for a while now, but Imagine Products has just released the Windows version.
The biggest safeguard you will get with an offloading software package like ShotPut is what is known as a checksum. A checksum is an algorithm which is created for the purpose of checking for data errors, by checking the computed checksum from the source with the copied file.
ShotPut 6 gives you a variety of algorithms to choose from:
In addition to the security of your data, my next favorite feature is the reports and video thumbnail generation. You can create a record of the transfer, filmmakers, and location. The thumbnails and metadata support over 20 different camera types and pull thumbnails from the beginning, middle, and end of clips.
All in all, it’s priced at a point where you should be using it on set, or a similar software. For only $129 it is worth the piece of mind and workflow ease. Check it out at Imagine Products.