Entering a Reel Name for the Current Tape
All clips require a reel name. Make sure you enter the proper reel name before you
capture. The reel name is necessary any time you need to go back to your original
tapes. This is especially true if you need to recapture your footage from tape. For more
information, see “
Choosing Reel Names
” on page 250.
You can change the reel name at any time, but you should get in the habit
of entering the reel name as soon as you put a new tape in the VTR or camcorder.
The slate icon appears
next to the current
To enter a reel name:
In the Reel field, enter the number or name of the tape, then press Enter.
Â Control-click the field to choose from a list of recent reel names.
Â Option-click the Slate button to clear the contents.
Â Click the Slate button to increment the letter or number at the end of the name.
For example, if the current reel name is 500, clicking the Slate button increments
the reel name to 501. However, if the current reel name is 500C, clicking the Slate
button increments the reel name to 500D. If the reel name is 500Z, clicking the
Slate button increments the reel name to 501A.
To ensure compatibility with older editing systems, the safest reel names are simple,
three-digit numbers, such as 001, 244, 999, and so on. If you think there is even a slight
chance you might need to move your project to another editing system, you should
use this reel-naming convention.
Note: On many older editing systems, the term is reel number, not reel name.