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Sean Simms
Conversion Files
on Jan 24, 2012 at 1:01:57 am

I have 8 hours of footage from a project I am doing. It is in SD and uploads to the rate of about 13GB per hour. My hard-drive isn't big enough to handle all this. Would it be advisable to input the footage in a smaller compressed form. (I'm using 720 x 480 NTSC now) or take the uploaded footage and run it through compressor as an mp4? (Which gives me about an 85% decrease in file size with its current settings) I'd like to know what is the best way to deal with using this footage with the least amount of decreased quality.


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Shane Ross
Re: Conversion Files
on Jan 24, 2012 at 1:26:33 am

For EDITING? You are using one of the smallest compressed formats there is. DV is REALLY SMALL in relation to all the other formats. 8 hours at 13GB...that's 184GB. You can get an internal 1TB (1000GB) drive for about $80 (install directly into a MacPro). You can get an external 500GB firewire drive for $140:

http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/1394/USB/EliteAL/eSATA_FW800_FW400_...

Don't compress the files. Get a bigger boat...er...drive.

Shane
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Sean Simms
Re: Conversion Files
on Jan 25, 2012 at 1:09:35 am

I'm doing these videos for free so I don't want to spend money for a new hard drive.....also....I don't have a lot of money...but maybe I will get one anyway


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