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Gregg Jamback
Archiving Video
on Feb 7, 2012 at 3:59:53 pm

Not sure whether this is the right forum, but...
I've got a client who would like to archive (transfer to some digital format) twenty years or so of videotape.
Their original inquiry said transfer to DVD - but I suspect that's because they don't really know what they want.
I thinking of suggesting a hard drive/QuickTime solution (I doubt they'll go for a tape back up system) but thought I'd see if anyone out there had run into this before - and what solution did you offer. Thanks.

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tad newberry
Re: Archiving Video
on Feb 7, 2012 at 10:00:02 pm

Are these all SD videos, or is there some HD, too? Do they want them on DVDs (or BluRay, if HD), so they can view them or simply want to get it all off the tape before it disintegrates? I've been doing some of this...mostly just really old stuff from VHS, 3/4", and BetcamSP, but i capture them with FCP as DV Quicktimes, then archive the QTs on BluRay discs (as data, not viewable BluRays). At this point, i'm trusting BluRay discs to last longer than an internal or external hard drive, though it is a fairly slow process, and you only get about 24 GB per disc (unless you spring for the DL BluRays). Then, anytime they want a DVD made from footage, you can easily pull the clips off the BluRay discs, do a little editing, and create DVDs from the archived digital footage.

thanks for helping out a bonehead!

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