Is it hard to get video and audio off of a DVD?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by needin4mation, Sep 18, 2005.

  1. Hi, I have a hard drive full of captured video. I want to burn them on
    DVD, so I can, one, have a backup, two, so I can clean the hard drive
    for something else I want to use it for.

    Eventually I want to make "nice" DVD menus, etc. That time is not now.
    What I want to know is if I transfer the videos to DVD, am I going to
    be able to get that video and audio back off of the DVD with ease for
    later editing? I will retain my original tapes, of course, but I don't
    want to re-capture them all, if I don't have to.

    Thanks in advance.
    needin4mation, Sep 18, 2005
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  2. needin4mation

    Grinder Guest

    It not really hard to "rip" DVDs. In order to make a proper DVD,
    however, your video must be in one of a few very specific formats. If
    your captures are not in that form, I wouldn't take the time now, to
    make the interpolation. Just burn them to a _data_ DVD, and bring them
    down later, when you intend to edit them.
    Grinder, Sep 18, 2005
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  3. needin4mation wrote ...
    Use the DVD as a *Data*DVD and just write your AVI
    files (or whatever they are). This will preserve the full
    resolution of the files and easily enable any subsequent
    editing, etc.

    The discs will NOT be playable in a standalone DVD
    player, but that doesn't seem like an issue for your
    current problem statement. You should be able to get
    ~20 minutes of video/audio per disc if you are using
    5:1 compressed DV-AVI, for example.

    For files that are larger than 4.7GB, I have used file
    splitter utilities to make them disc-size.
    Richard Crowley, Sep 18, 2005
  4. In this situation, I'd get an external USB enclosure and put a massive hard
    drive in it, and use that to store the extra clips. DVDs are relatively
    small compared to the size of typical DV footage, so you'd need a lot of
    discs to store your data. Or you could undertake the very time-consuming
    task of converting it all to MPEG-2, which limits your future editing
    options. This is probably worse than recapturing the original tapes.

    No, DVDR is for storing and publishing completed data. I feel that this is
    most definitely the best solution.

    wrote in
    Jucius Maximus, Sep 18, 2005
  5. needin4mation

    Ken Maltby Guest

    That's probably the best approach for potentially long
    term storage, where you would likely fill-up your HD,
    before you got around to doing the edits and producing a
    DVD. Another would be a NAS (Network Attached
    Storage) box, like one of .

    Another and cheaper approach would be a removable
    drive setup, if you have an IDE connection left. See what's
    available at: They have a bunch of USB
    boxes also.

    Ken Maltby, Sep 19, 2005
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