Many productions today consider the archiving of acquisition media something to be dealt with after completion of the work. Other projects consider the backing up of original data onto additional hard drives as their archive. These, however, do not utilize the organizational and long-term advantages of a proper archival system.
Backing up data means making safety copies, usually on set. In actuality, this is a safety measure, designed to insure that there is a duplicate of the camera original should something happen to the original files. As such, this type of backup is not organized in any fashion other than the extemporaneous way in which it happened to be captured while shooting. A backup is really just a spare copy of the original. More »