Wagner has been a post production supervisor for television shows and studios for more than 12 years. For the past five years he has used FileMaker Pro to log tens–of–thousands of movie and television scenes and sound bytes for various projects. Each entry is logged with, descriptions, keywords and time code. For example, when he is looking for a scene in which someone says, 'You are under arrest,' he can type in the phrase and FileMaker Pro will find, from the thousands of logged clips, the tape and exact locations on each tape where the clips are located.
'FileMaker Pro saves my clients enormous amounts of time and money and facilitates their creativity. It shows them all of the editing options,' said Wagner. 'This solution makes me very popular with my clients. Producers spend a lot of money to shoot and acquire footage. They know the best editorial decisions are made because Footage File and FileMaker Pro show them all of their choices.'
It takes me five minutes or less from the time a scene is thought of, to find it using FileMaker Pro and edit it into the show. That compares to the hours or even days it used to take prior to using FileMaker.
This same thing can be accomplished with logging software found in editing computers, however, due to limited storage capabilities, Wagner would only be able to have access to a very limited number of clips and sound bytes at any one time.
Prior to using FileMaker, Wagner would have a scene in mind, which he needed (e.g., a house burning down), and would assign several people the task of reviewing stacks of videotapes to look for potential editing options. With Footage File, each tape has to be logged only once and then a simple keyword search lie 'house on fire' will bring up all of the available choices.
'It takes me five minutes or less from the time a scene is thought of, to find it using FileMaker Pro and edit it into the show. That compares to the hours or even days it used to take prior to using FileMaker,' said Wagner.