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    Hey guys I have a client who wants to have my dailies archived on one big reel. So, instead of A005_C004.R3D as the name, they want it to be renamed A001_C001. They want to basically pull up the footage in an editor and have every shot be in order corresponding to the final sequence. Is there a way to do this? I know you can export r3d trims in red cine but theres no option to rename reels. If not, any trouble shooting you guys can think of?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexJones View Post
    Hey guys I have a client who wants to have my dailies archived on one big reel. So, instead of A005_C004.R3D as the name, they want it to be renamed A001_C001. They want to basically pull up the footage in an editor and have every shot be in order corresponding to the final sequence. Is there a way to do this? I know you can export r3d trims in red cine but theres no option to rename reels. If not, any trouble shooting you guys can think of?
    So, I haven't done this with R3D files, but I rename my MLV files (Magic Lantern) with Automator on my Mac.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexJones View Post
    Hey guys I have a client who wants to have my dailies archived on one big reel. So, instead of A005_C004.R3D as the name, they want it to be renamed A001_C001. They want to basically pull up the footage in an editor and have every shot be in order corresponding to the final sequence.
    I think it's a very bad idea to change camera file names. If they just want to pull up clips like that, change the metadata and then reorganize the bins to sort by scene & take, and alter that according to the final sequence (if I understand what you're trying to do).

    In the film days, we did typically build "dailies reels" which would have every scene and take shot for the movie, one right after the other, roughly an hour of film footage on tape. This was basically a lower-res (HD) archive of the project, but the clips would be digitized one at a time for the editor and for online access by studio execs and the producers, director, and editor. It took time to build, but it's doable.

    What exactly is their ultimate goal? Do they want to spin through the entire project quickly, or do they want to see what a given take has beyond what was included in the edit? There are edit & dailies review systems out there like Pix and Dax and Frame.io and Moxion that will do this kind of thing and not require you to change or rename anything. You might think of this as a "virtual reel" that allows fast and easy access on any computer anywhere (password-protected and even on encrypted feeds if you want to pay for it). Here's a few:

    http://www.daxcloud.com/
    http://www.pixsystem.com
    https://app.frame.io/
    https://www.kollaborate.tv/
    http://moxion.io/
    http://wipster.io/

    If it's a space issue, I'd just tell them to buy more drives and save everything. Don't throw anything away -- it's actually better to keep everything and keep it organized by date and camera roll number just in the unlikely event a re-edit happens some days. (Stranger things have happened -- I know of cases where movies were re-edited 2 or even 3 years after they were shot.) Renaming is cumbersome and time-consuming, and the real key is to keep the metadata accurate, since that will give you all the information you ever need about the specific shots involved.
    marc wielage, csi colorist/post consultant daVinci Resolve Certified Trainer
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