The ever-brilliant Splice Here blog (soon to be Splice Now) by Steve Cohen lays out the perfect list of questions that every production should answer before they shoot one frame. If you or someone on your production team can’t answer this question before you start shooting, STOP! and get it answered. Not knowing the answer can get you in to trouble. Original link: File-Based Basics « Splice Here.
Which camera(s) are you using? Which audio recorder?
What kinds of files are you creating?
What frame rate, sample rate, timecode rate, raster size are you recording?
Who’s doing them? What do you need for editing, review and conforming?
Who syncs and how will they do it? Who backs up and when?
How are drives being moved around; where are they stored?
What system will you use? What kind of drives/raid?
How will you output cut material for review?
What are you turning over to sound and music?
Will you roll your own or have a post house do it?
How do you handle visual effects created in your editing room?
And those created by the vfx team?
What kinds of files will you use for color correction?
And for television, a crucial question — when do you convert to HD?