Hello all...first off....wow! what a wealth of information here! As a new guy, am a tad overwhelmed by it all, but thank you for a great site.
Have a Sony minidv cam that i record in 1080i. I have about 30-40 tapes. I would like to edit some and put on a disc to send out to family that live outside my area.
The files are tremendous!
Question: How can i download say 5 tapes or so and then edit them? 2minutes of tape is like 400+mb. I cant transfer 60 minute tapes at that rate!
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5 tapes is about 65GB. If you don't have that available, really twice that, preferably on a non-system drive, You aren't realistically prepared to do this project. Sorry to be a meanie.
What NLE are you planning to use?
your computer specs you list contain a 2tb drive and a 1tb drive with assorted others, there has to be plenty of space. tapes take an hour to capture and use 13gb. no other choice.--
"a lot of people are better dead" - prisoner KSC2-303
Also, BTW, what you have there is NOT a DV cam, but an HDV cam. Consumer DV is SD only, HDV is HD (hence the name).
If you are planning on getting them to DVDs, think of starting with ~2hours worth. At 13GB/hr, that's only 26GB you'll need (actually, you'll need more for the renders and for the exported/converted output, so assume triple or ~75GB). If you wanted to keep it HD, you'll need to create an AVCHD or BD (or data disc) instead of a DVD-Video, so that will affect playing time also.
edit: you should KEEP your original tapes (so they could be re-worked later on), but if you have to remove the masters after exporting to disc, you should at least keep the NLE's EDL/Session Data and/or Authoring setups (those aren't very large anyway).