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Eric Hansen
Re: Advice for miniDV archive?
on Dec 16, 2013 at 8:59:35 pm

Since miniDV uses the DV codec over firewire as its standard, i would save these tapes as DV files. That way you have a bit for bit copy of the original, with matching timecode. Anything else, including ProRes, will be a recompression.

If you're going to use ProRes, i would go with ProRes 422 or ProRes HQ. Since they're standard def, they will be way smaller than HD ProRes HQ anyway.

I would then save these DV files on LTO if possible.

It's hard to say what the standard will be 10-20 years from now. There's no guaranteed codec, especially when you start talking about licensing issues. But if you gave me a 15 year old DV file, I could still use that today. The other formats from 15 years ago would be harder to use or decode. For my extremely paranoid clients, we save masters as DPX or TIFF frames.


Eric Hansen
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