I'm logging some DV tapes. Currently literally just capturing into Premiere as AVI DV capture format, and writing what is happening and the timecode with pen and paper. I've got the feeling I'm going to have to go back and chop up the footage later. I've got 50 tapes so I want to streamline my workflow early on so I don't leave myself with mammoth tasks that I could have avoided. Plus I'm new to this ...
There is no right or wrong answer here. I've done both before for projects of your scale. There are factors that work in favor of both.
For recording whole tapes while you take notes by hand, the pros are:
Conversely, for batch logging of individually logged clips the pros are:
Cons of individual logging:
Overall, it really comes down to how organized you want the data to be and how much time you have. If you need the project done in the minimum amount of calendar time, capture it all and log as you go. You can alternately do scene breaks as you go as well.
If you more calendar time, are sure of your captured footage, want some additional long term organization and don't want to have to supervise it attentively for 50+ hours, then use clip logging in advance and batch capture the tapes to fill out the clips.
I've moved on to a file based workflow, but when I was shooting DV, I would almost exclusively capture tape at a time for live events (needed fast turn around) and batch log for anything that wasn't a live event (wanted the organization). I'd also typically still setup a batch log even for the full tape capture, just to maintain the DV backup of the video, even if it then required capturing the entire tape if I needed to recover the footage.