This if my first post here and I'm hoping someone has some great tips to help me along with my personal project. I apologize up front for the long post, but wanted to describe what I was doing first, followed by my related questions.
I'm still fairly wet behind the ears with Premiere Pro (CS5) but did use the program (version 1.5) some in art school, so I know how to get around and do most things. I'm also very familiar with adding metadata (keywords, copyright dates, etc.) in digital photos by way of Adobe Bridge. However, something that is new to me is metadata within video files inside Premiere Pro. I'm running into some issues and hope you can assist.
I have captured all my home videos from miniDV tapes and even old VHS and VHS-C tapes (by way of Digital pass-thru). For each tape I captured with Scene Detection turned on, so that separate clips would be created instead of one large file. So now I have tons of video files waiting to be edited. I want to for example take all the videos of my daughter (the best parts) and create one movie. But I literally have 1,793 individual files that I need to go through.
What I'm doing is importing groups of them at a time into Premiere Pro and I'm adding keywords of people who are in the shot in the "Subject" field and "Log Note" of the metadata. I am also doing the Analyze Content for Face and Speech on those videos (letting it run over night in large batches). This has been working out great for the most, but it is very time-consuming and I'm maybe half-way through. I have to literally scrub through each clip and note the names of people to add to metadata.
The problem is I keep having a lot of PPro crashes and as a result either lose some of the metadata I previously entered or the Face/Speech encoding disappears, which is frustrating. In a couple cases, the crashes caused PPro to prompt me to save the project file with a new name and attempted to recover what it could.
I haven't even started the editing process yet.
Here are my questions.
1. I'm not sure how many clips I can import into one Sequence. These are all DV AVI files. I've been breaking up the groups into separate project files, where one project has 675 clips; another has 487 clips. I still have many more clips to go. It seems PPro slows down if I have too many clips.
2. Is there an efficient way to manage all these DV files and add the metadata without risk of crashes/loss of progress? I simply want to be able to get it all setup so that I can type my daughter's name in the Project search to get all clips where she's in them so I can add only those to the timeline. Then I want to do the same with my son, etc. Eventually I want to add Descriptions to each clip to describe what is happening in the clip instead of just names of people.
3. Since I have been breaking groups into multiple projects and there are so many files, I'm not sure how I'll be able to get all the clips with my daughter if some are in one project and others are spread across 3 or 4 other projects. Any tips?
Here are my system specs in case this helps:
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
ASUS P5W DH Deluxe Motherboard
Intel Core2 Extreme QX6700 Quad-Core processor (2.66 GHz)
8GB quality Corsair Dominator RAM (CAS CS4 rating -- set to 4-4-4-12 in BIOS)
NVidia GeForce 8800 GTX video card with 768MB DDR3 Video RAM (with latest NVideo Drivers)
SoundBlaster X-Fi Fatal1ty Champion Series sound card
Western Digital Velociraptor 300GB SATA Hard Drive (for main Operating System)
Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB SATA Hard Drive (formatted NTFS with 64K clusters dedicated for video editing only)
- I have my Windows Page File statically configured for 12 GB size on this drive
Pioneer BDR-205 Blu-Ray Reader/Writer
Logitech G15 Gaming keyboard
Logitech G9x Gaming mouse
I do not run many startup applications other than logitech mouse/keyboard, windows gadgets, and anti-virus
I have Kaspersky Internet Security Suite 2010, which does not use much resources at all
In Kaspersky, Premiere Pro and other Adobe apps are trusted/protected applications
In Kaspersky I also have all the folders with the video files and Premiere Pro projects excluded from any AV scanning
- I do not usually turn off Kaspersky and I don't think it's affecting the problem I seem to be having.
I appreciate your time!