The day had finally arrived—SkyTech was sitting down with Charlie and Sean to discuss system options. The engineer, Phil, was all smiles. “Great to meet you, Charlie. You’ve built something pretty amazing here.”
Charlie smiled. “Thank you. We’re pretty proud of it…”
If you’re making a real movie, or you at least hope you are, you need a real camera. You already know that. Did you know that your footage can’t effectively be edited on your home computer either? Real cameras take real footage that’s a very large file, and just trying to open it on the average home computer would crash the system.
Everyone has their own methods for naming files, and what you find on the hard drive depends on the type of work you do and how that work is organized, as well as how logical the file-namer might be. It seems like a little thing—micromanagement, even—to specify how files are to be saved, but it will prevent countless hours of frustration later, and it’s important to establish the project protocol during that first meeting so there’s no confusion.
“Charlie, this is impossible!” Sean nearly shouted. “Last week’s work—all of it—was gone the instant someone hit Save, and I can’t even be mad at them because if I had saved first it would have been the other way around.”
Whether you’re stuck with poor resolution or poor lighting, what’s on that camera is the best it’s ever going to be. Those shots are your raw material, and like ingredients in a recipe, your end product can only be as good as what you put into it.
When looking to make an upgrade for your business, consider how much improvement you believe the upgrade will bring and what that’s likely to translate to in dollars and compare that with the cost of the upgrade. The month-to-month reality is more important in this than the savings account, and just because you can’t afford to write a check for the total doesn’t mean you should let your business die. If you can finance it and the monthly increase in income is greater than the monthly payment, taking the leap is the only way to save up for a savings account.
“Look, no one is arguing that we don’t need it,” Charlie said, exasperated. “We need a new system. And crops in the desert need water. It’s not that you haven’t made your case.” He let his hand fall to the table dramatically. It made a loud clap against the soft hum of the computer fan. “I can’t give you what I don’t have.”
The work picks up, which is exactly what you were hoping for, but trying to go back and forth between the projects is hard, and the computer has been rendered useless given how bogged-down it is. The solution is external direct storage. And probably hiring help.
Having a defined workflow doesn’t make you a bureaucrat, it makes you organized. Don’t think of it as burdening your friends with rules, think of it as giving your friends a map that, if you all follow it, will take you to success without conflict or confusion. You can still have no dress code—that’s ok.
“Not only do we get rid of all those external drives running back and forth, the system comes with software to sort it all.” Isabel had swallowed her initial nervousness and was excited to be presenting to the Management Team. “It’s called Sharebrowser, and that’s System Network Solution’s Asset Management software—it comes installed,” She smiled. “When you save a file, you also enter meta-data tags so you can find it by keyword later.”