Digital8 tape to disk: how many GB?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Alan Beagley, Jul 28, 2003.

  1. Alan Beagley

    Alan Beagley Guest

    I have been asked to record a (low-budget) family wedding. I have a Sony
    Digital8 camcorder, but I am wondering how to get the resulting video to
    the person (actually the groom) who has editing skills but no camera.

    How many GB does an hour of video occupy if I can simply copy from the
    camcorder to a hard disk (I have a computer with FireWire)? I assume far
    more than will fit on a single CD-R. I don't yet have the means of
    burning DVDs (and I don't know whether the guy who would do the editing
    can read DVDs; I suspect he would transfer to VHS, but I have to find
    out more), but I guess I could transfer to multiple CD-R disks.

    Any suggestions how best to do this?

    Alan Beagley, Jul 28, 2003
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    Will Dormann Guest

    17 mins will be about 4GB of space.

    Will Dormann, Jul 28, 2003
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    Jim Davis Guest

    The best way would abviously be for him to download over firewire
    directly to his computer. Firewire cards are pretty cheap if he
    doesn't already have one and well worth the trouble you'll save by
    burning CDs.

    If for some reason that is not an option, you could use Scenalyzer
    ( to capture on your computer and limit the file
    size to 700MB and burn the files to CD. DV is a little under 13GB per
    hour so you'll have about 3:20 in each file. For an hour you're
    looking at 18-19 CDs.
    Jim Davis, Jul 28, 2003
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    Cat Burglar Guest

    Just let him have the camera and the tape when he is ready to do his
    editing. It's`up to him to get the video into his computer. Anybody who is
    into editing should have the hardware interface for getting analog/digital
    video into the computer.
    Cat Burglar, Jul 29, 2003
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    Alan Beagley Guest

    That would work if he lived in the same country as I do or in the
    country where the wedding is to take place.

    Alan Beagley, Jul 30, 2003
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    Ed Guest

    Hello Alan!!!

    I regularly digitize video files for atorneys. You might not have the
    computer setup for it, but I just install a large IDE hard disk
    formatted NTFS in the computer, capture the video to the HD, and then
    ship the disk to the client. In a pinch, you could capture to an
    external firewire drive and ship the drive to the groom. If you have a
    substantial amount of video to capture this is going to be cheaper,
    faster and easier than DVD.

    Best regards,
    Ed, Jul 31, 2003
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