Burning old Hi-8 to DVD????

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Stan Romani, Nov 10, 2008.

  1. Stan Romani

    Stan Romani Guest

    I have about 20 Hi-8 and Digital 8 tapes I'd like to edit and archive.

    I can import as AVI from my Sony camcorder, edit, and burn to DVD, but is there
    a more space efficient method? The space needed for AVI files is large and I
    wonder if it's worth it to buy an encoder for another format.

    I will do some editing in Vegas, just to clean up junk shots, not really any
    extensive editing. Any thoughts?
    Stan Romani, Nov 10, 2008
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  2. Stan,

    first thing you need to be aware of is that AVI is not a format. It´s only a
    file extension or "container" that can hold many different video formats.
    What you get from a DV cam is DV format AVIs which are very huge, but have
    the advantage to be editable very easily. So if you plan to cut/edit your
    tapes then capture as DV Avi first, edit with Vegas, and THEN decide the
    final output format you want.

    Now DVD format is MPEG2 (or sometimes MPEG1) which takes a lot less space
    and is fine of standalone DVD players, BUT it´s not a very good format if
    you want to do further editing. It´s possible, but was restrictions.

    Now you might know DivX or xvid, which are sometimes called Mpeg4. With more
    and more standalone and consumer DVD players and HDD recorders supporting
    the playback of divx, we now have the possibility to store up to 10 hours of
    DVD like quality video on a single DVD-R media.

    I had the same "problem" converting my old Video8 and D8-tapes to a digital
    format and since my DVD player supports divx playback i did the following:

    - capture all the tapes one after one via FireWire as DV AVi to my PC (my
    sony D8 camcorder can convert the analog Video8 tapes to DV on the fly)
    - Cut and edit the tapes one after one with Adobe Premiere (Vegas is fine,
    - download and installed the free xvid codec (free divx codec is fine too)
    - output the movie from Premiere as xvid (there is some codec configuration
    neccessary, i use the "home" preset)
    - The result is a single xvid AVI file which is around 700 large for a 90
    minute tape. Of course the encoding takes some time!
    - after processing all the tapes i burned all the files to a single DVD-R
    that my DVD player can instantly play the files. Now i have all the tapes on
    one single DVD in very good quality instead of having one DVD for each tape.

    Hint: if you do not need the editing step you can instantly convert from DV
    to xvid/divx with the free VirtualDub. heres a good tutorial:

    Markus Fuenfrocken, Nov 11, 2008
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  3. Stan Romani

    Larry in AZ Guest

    Why bother with capturing to a computer and files..? Get a stand-alone DVD
    recorder with hard drive and editing capability.

    Copy direct, edit out what you don't want, then burn direct to DVD. Even
    create menus.
    Larry in AZ, Nov 11, 2008
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