In freelance life you’re constantly learning new workflows, new equipment – and it can take a few moments to get used to everything. I like my mouse scroll set up fast. I like some Gestures and not others. I used to fix these things one by one, and then I made a list of all my favourite settings, so whenever I start on a new show I switch everything over at once! It only takes a few minutes.
These tips are aimed at new edit assistants, DITs, DMTs/data wranglers, and tech assistants in particular, but the truth is that if you touch files on a computer, there might be something here for you.
These programs fit on a USB stick to carry to every job. You never know when it’s going to come in handy, and you might not have a reliable internet connection, so it’s best to be prepared.
What You Should Know Before Reading This Post
This document is intended for runners wishing to enter wrangling. It assumes no prior experience with wrangling, ingesting, data management or other related tasks. It is helpful if you are comfortable with OS X. You should know how to get to System Preferences, use Spotlight (⌘CMD+spacebar) and navigate quickly through Finder.
In this guide we will be using OS X Yosemite, Shotput Pro 5 or 6, VLC and Black Magic Disk Speed Test.