I have my 8mm tapes catured as .AVI. They are currently stored on a 1T byte external HDD. I edit, then make DVD's and give them away to friends and family quite readily. Now, what to and how should I save the .AVI's? I am interested in longevity. These files are anywhere from 7G to 8G in size.
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Originally Posted by st711
I keep my DV-HDV material on original tapes and on two hard drives (one off-site). When the hard drives get to 4 years old, I dub to new drives and so on.Recommends: Kiva.org - Loans that change lives.
Chop into 2-hour segments, convert a copy to DV, and store back to tape. It's a decent archival method, if you don't want to buy more hard drives.
Another option is high bitrate MPEG, chopped into 15 minute pieces, stored on DVD-R.
Or just buy 2TB RAID1 drives.
7-8GB is puny.