How wedding videographers should backup your footage

How Wedding Videographers Should Backup Your Footage

As a wedding videographer, it’s essential to have a solid backup plan for all the footage we capture during a wedding. This is because footage is irreplaceable, and losing it can be devastating for both the couple and the videographer. In this article, we will explore some of the ways wedding videographers backup footage.

  1. Multiple memory cards (Dual recording)

One of the simplest ways to backup footage is to use multiple memory cards. Most cameras have two memory card slots, and videographers can use one card as the primary card to capture footage and another card as a backup. This way, if one card fails, the footage is still safely stored on the other card. We only shoot on cameras with dual card slots so so we reduce the risk of losing footage from the SD cards. 

  1. External hard drives

Another way to backup footage is by transferring it onto an external hard drive. Videographers can bring multiple hard drives to a wedding and transfer footage onto them as soon as possible to ensure that the footage is stored safely. Once the footage is transferred, videographers should keep the hard drives in a secure location and ensure that they are not damaged or lost. We backup all footage permanently so clients can always reach out for the RAW files if needed. 

  1. Cloud storage

Many wedding videographers also use cloud storage as a backup option. Cloud storage allows videographers to upload footage to an online storage platform, which can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection. This is a great option because it provides an extra layer of protection in case of theft, damage, or loss of physical backups. We also backup all footage to our unlimited Dropbox account. 

  1. RAID systems

RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) systems are another option for backing up footage. RAID systems use multiple hard drives to create redundancy and ensure that the data is safe. RAID systems can be expensive, but they provide a high level of protection against data loss for wedding videos. 

Wedding videographers have several options for backing up footage, and it’s essential to use multiple methods to ensure that the footage is safe. Whether it’s using multiple memory cards, external hard drives, cloud storage, or RAID systems, videographers should prioritize backing up footage to ensure that no footage is ever lost. 


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