May 10, 2019

Best Practices for Memory Card Safety

Memory cards do one of the most important jobs on set, so you need to make sure you’re taking good care of them.

I’ve been primarily a digital shooter for my entire career (much like a great deal of you) and even with years and years of experience under my belt, I always get a little flutter of apprehension in my tummy tum when dealing with my memory cards and hard drives.

While there’s no absolute way to ensure that your memory cards in your camera will always perform flawlessly, there are a few key things to keep in mind when dealing with your data. Check out this video from Basic Filmmaker for a good primer before we jump into the nitty-gritty.

Always Format the Memory Card

It seems obvious but it cannot be overstated. Most people think of formatting their cards as just deleting the existing footage or photos that are on it so that you have maximum recording space. While that is what happens, the main point is to get the memory card properly calibrated to record native data from your camera.

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Source: NoFilmSchool