Where does Hedge copy my footage to?

Hedge copies all Sources to all Destinations.

Destination Folder

Hedge copies your footage into the root of a Destination, or into a folder on that disk if you select a Destination Folder from the Disk Menu. The Disk Menu is the little downward arrow in the top corner of a disk, that appears when you hover over it.

Inside that Destination Folder, Hedge creates a new Import Folder for every import.

Import Folder Format

Hedge creates the Import Folder according to a recipe, that you can edit in the Preferences. Next to plain text, you can use these variables and parameters in your recipe:

  • ${DISKTITLE} = drive name of the Source Disk (e.g. "ADISK") or Source Folder
  • ${INC} = incrementer, adds 1 for every new disk you import ("001") 
  • %Y = year ("2016")
  • %m = month ("04")
  • %d = date ("04")
  • %H = hour ("09")
  • %M = minutes ("05")
  • %S = seconds ("09")

You can use characters like underscore and dash. If you use a character OS X won't allow, you'll be notified.

The default recipe is ${DISKTITLE}_${INC}, which results in ADISK_001 for the first import Hedge does. The next folder will be named ADISK_002.

Disk Incrementer

Hedge uses a 3-digit counter, and by default starts with 001. When 999 is reached, the following increment will be 1000. The counter never goes round, i.e. back to zero, unless you reset it manually. Note: the Incrementer works on disks. If you import several folders from the same disk through the Source Folder feature, they all have the same Incrementer value until you eject and remount the disk.

Reset Incrementer

The incrementer value is saved when you quit Hedge. This makes sure you can continue importing later on, without having to manually reset the counter. If you reopen Hedge and start a new transfer you’ll be asked if you want to reset the counter to 001. You can also set the counter to a higher value if you want to.


Instead of using the Incrementer, you can use the timestamps to sort your footage. Using a recipe like $d-$H.%M results in a folder named 23-16.13 for an import done on the 23rd, at 16:13. This can be useful when you only have one camera, and have multiple days of footage to ingest. 

The timestamps are set when the disk is mounted. All hours are in 24-hour format.

Duplicate Folders

Before starting a transfer, Hedge checks if the Import Folder it is about to create doesn't already exist. If so, you get an alert. If you change the Folder Format to a recipe without variables in it chances are you'll run into alerts everytime you try to import a disk. Try to incorporate at least one variable in your recipe, like the time (%H:%M) or the Incrementer.

If you use just ${DISKTITLE} as a recipe, rename your Source Disks before starting a transfer.