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    Hello...

    I recently moved from a my old DV camcorder to a HD-camcorder that uses SD-cards for storage.
    I now want to digitize my DV-tapes so i can give away my DV-cam.

    For editing i normaly capture the DV-tapes to DV-avi using WinDV.
    Those are verry big AVI files...

    I'm looking for the best way to archive my DV-tapes...
    Do i realy have to stay with the large AVI files? Or is there a better way that uses less space? (MP4?)

    Any tips and directions are welcome

    Thnx alot!
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  2. I'm a MEGA Super Moderator Baldrick's Avatar
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    You could reconvert/shrink to

    AVI with divx/xvid video and mp3 audio
    MP4 with h264 video and aac audio
    MPG/DVD with mpeg2 video and ac3 audio

    BUT you will lose video & audio quality, forget easy editing and if your dv-avi is interlaced you probably need to deinterlace if you want divx/xvid or h264 format(mpeg2 can you leave interlaced). Convert to avi, mp4 using Virtualdub, avidemux, xvid4psp, handbrake and for mpeg2 use HCEnc....or use commercial software like Tmpgenc Xpress.
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    I would archive as DV-AVI on cheap hard drives. No quality loss. Perfect quality. No time spent re-encoding

    Search for similar topics, as this has been discussed thoroughly (pros/cons/alternatives) on several threads
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    I archive DV-AVI to HDD and high bit rate DVD MPeg2.
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    dv-avi really shouldn't be that big (13gb/hr)
    with HDD's at $100/tb, I'd simply put them on a separate HDD as dv-avi
    (ops...like already mentioned)
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    I'd like to add that if you plan on getting rid of your DV recorder, I would be sure to backup all of your DV AVI files to a second hard drive if it's stuff you plan on keeping for awhile. Who knows for how long DV cameras will be readily available, not to mention that you are giving away the DV recorder your original tapes were recorded on.
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    thnxs all...

    i think i'll just keep the original files then

    and since i already got quite a lot of video's to store.. i think i'm going to buy a raid-controler and just attach a few HDD's in raid-5. then 1 can break down and i can replace it without loosing any of my data...
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    I archived 83.5Gb of standard definition (720x576) PAL DV tape footage captured to hard drive, on to 20+ DVD-R/DVD+Rs.
    I then archived the footage to two dual layer Blu-ray recordables, BD-R DLs, 50Gb capacity each.

    http://superuser.com/questions/92139/better-approach-to-archiving-large-amounts-of-ori...e-using-optica


    I've also put the footage onto my Lacie NAS 2BigDisk, 2Tb (2x1Tb disks), configured as 1Tb RAID1, "Lacie Safe100" mode.
    I've also looked on this respected videohelp.com forum and here are some good answers:

    http://forum.videohelp.com/threads/301782-Archive-MiniDV?p=1957367
    http://forum.videohelp.com/threads/117802-How-can-I-burn-a-avi-to-DVDR
    http://forum.videohelp.com/threads/270157-Archiving-Video


    http://forum.videohelp.com/threads/109939-Best-way-to-archive-video-files
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  9. Originally Posted by mkrve View Post
    and since i already got quite a lot of video's to store.. i think i'm going to buy a raid-controler and just attach a few HDD's in raid-5. then 1 can break down and i can replace it without loosing any of my data...
    RAID mirroring is not a solution for archiving. If Windows goes bonkers and decides to write crap all over your array the entire thing will be gone. You're much better off simply archiving to multiple drives and/or DVDs. (And it's cheaper.) Verify your archives occasionally and replace any that show problems.
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    Originally Posted by mkrve View Post
    Hello...

    I recently moved from a my old DV camcorder to a HD-camcorder that uses SD-cards for storage.
    I now want to digitize my DV-tapes so i can give away my DV-cam.

    For editing i normaly capture the DV-tapes to DV-avi using WinDV.
    Those are verry big AVI files...

    I'm looking for the best way to archive my DV-tapes...
    Do i realy have to stay with the large AVI files? Or is there a better way that uses less space? (MP4?)

    Any tips and directions are welcome

    Thnx alot!

    Just copy everything to a hard drive and back-up on some DVD-r's, and keep all your MiniDV tapes as 3rd back-ups, you can always find a 2nd hand MiniDV camcorder on eBay if all you back-ups fail.
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    Originally Posted by nwo View Post

    Just copy everything to a hard drive and back-up on some DVD-r's, and keep all your MiniDV tapes as 3rd back-ups, you can always find a 2nd hand MiniDV camcorder on eBay if all you back-ups fail.
    Yes. You'll be covered. I recently tried to restore files from an 8 yr old DVD and only 60% of them copied over properly. You need several methods in case one system fails.
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