One of the hardest things to manage on this shoot is the amount of data. We are filling up terabyte drives like there’s no tomorrow. We are recording at max quality ( four times more data than the BBC recommend for HD ) straight onto hard drives and aren’t using tapes at all. That means every evening Andy and I ( but more often, just Andy ) have to check that everything is backed up, then ensure that the back-up is backed up before we delete the master drives from the camera. It sounds straight forward, right?
But it’s not. We check and recheck and then agree, “Right, it’s definitely backed up. We can delete the camera drive”, but when it comes to actually saying “yes” and pushing the reformat drive button, the finger wavers for a moment, then we usually cave in and just check once more to make absolutely sure. The tireder we are, of course, at the end of a long day’s shooting and travel, the more careful we have to be.
You see, this video footage is unique; we have to get it to Visit Scotland, and a lot of money has been invested in us to produce beautiful coverage of these stunning locations and interviews.
So where was I? Oh yes, backing-up the hard drives. So, we hold our breath and press REFORMAT and then, as if the camera itself thinks we are complete numbskulls for wanting to delete the footage, it asks us if we are really sure we want to do that?
Yes. Press the button, “alea jacta est”, the die is cast and the day’s shoot flashes before our inner eyes. It’s gone, but safely stored.
We’re ready for all that tomorrow will bring.
You have got to love technology, but it is a bit nerve-wracking at times.
Ever wonder why you have to go to Start to switch a PC off?
Today we drove from Tongue in the North all the way down the NW coast road stopping every time we saw a stunning scenic view. It seems like every 5 mins one of us would go LOOK AT THAT : Wow we have to get a shot of that. This coast all the way down to Ullapool where we caught the evening ferry to The Isle of Lewis, is one of the most beautiful stretches of coast I have seen anywhere. But Lewis is alleged to be even prettier. Can’t wait until tomorrow