I'm an award-winning writer/director. I also do a bit of producing, editing, and shooting - I believe in being as versatile as possible in our increasingly-digital world. I'm based in the Midwest, I love playing complicated board games, I drink a lot of chocolate stout, and I eat a lot of pizza.
I'm pretty sure I know what you're talking about... like the structure the GH2 builds when capturing movie files? I'm not aware it's the same for every AVCHD shooter, but ultimately I think it depends what editor your company/you typically use. For FCP, I'd archive in the way you're suggesting and preserve the (annoying) folder structure. For Premiere/AVID I'd be tempted to nix it and just grab all the .MTS's. One of the reasons I've decided to move from FCP to Premiere is the ability to better natively handle DSLR movie files.
I'm a very passive TV watcher, so while I love Colbert, I had no idea he had Morris on. Thanks for sharing this and the Ikan link!
Richard, thanks for the link. Interesting product, certainly worth discussion. Though I take issue with how bright those the interviewer appears in those product photos... you'd have to be lit yourself to be that clear in what's essentially a side-by-side beam splitter. Also, for $1400, I'd be tempted to DIY it myself... still, looks feasible!
I think Peter is correct that more often than not, you'll be alright if you have spaces in filenames. Legacy can be an issue as he says. Also, I work with a lot of Mac to PC server workflows, and I've had some problems there before, especially with files going unlinked. Then there's the occasional hiccup when placing a video file online in the JW Player or equivalent, when for some reason the spaces aren't auto-renamed to percent 20 (%20) signs, I assume. (I'm not a hardcore html coder, so forgive me if I'm off here a bit with how browsers handle spaces in url filenames.)
Yeah, we do the initials thing as well, particularly with AI files as those are used by mograph folks, as well as designers.