What is the best storage method for digital video?

Discussion in 'Video Cameras' started by BTLim, Nov 19, 2005.

  1. BTLim

    BTLim Guest

    Just like to gather some opinion on the preferred storage method used by the
    people here.

    1.) Mini DV. ( how long can the tape last?)
    2.) VCD/DVD (quality?)
    3.) HDD ( space/price/what format do you use?)
    4.) Do you guys back up copies? What medium?

    BTLim, Nov 19, 2005
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  2. I keep all original footage on a dv tape.
    I export final footage to another tape.

    dvd is only good for storing about 15 minutes raw dv footage.
    you can store a final version as mpeg2 format , but that won't be
    brilliant if you want to re-edit.

    A hard-drive is good for amounts it can store , but not particularly
    cost effective , and if you don't check it every so often , what
    guarantee it still works.
    Gary MacKenzie
    Audio Visual Technician / Video Editor
    gary mackenzie, Nov 21, 2005
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  3. BTLim

    G Hardy Guest

    Hard drive 30p per GB
    DV tape 20p (JVC) - 80p (Sony) per GB
    DV tape (adjusted*) 24p-96p per GB

    I think that shows a hard drive is at least as cost effective as tape,
    unless you go for cheap tapes, whereupon...
    ....is rendered invalid as an argument.

    * Adjusted: A MiniDV tape holds 13GB in SP (60 minute) mode, but not every
    tape will be filled to that capacity. If you're serious about archive, it's
    fair to assume you're serious about your filming too, and you're therefore
    unlikely to wait for the "Tape end" message on each tape before replacing
    it. The adjusted cost per GB accommodates this shortfall by assuming your
    tapes will, on average, contain 50 minutes of footage.
    G Hardy, Nov 21, 2005
  4. BTLim

    Gripper Guest

    are you sure? DV=3.6MB/sec


    so 15 mins=3240MB?

    my DVDs hold 4700MB, so more like 21mins, surely?
    Gripper, Nov 22, 2005
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