OK, like most DV n00bs I am crawling my way forward, slowly forming a viable DV editing solution. -I have a Sony DV Camera -I have Firewire -I have 200 Gigs of HDD space devoted to DV files -I have a DVD burner -I can make DVD movies Today my problem is this: I want LOSS-LESS storage of my DV files. I see several possible solutions here (none I like) 1) Make 3 data DVD backups for each 12 Gig AVI file 2) Convert to Mpeg and make a data dvd backup 3) Keep on Tape (yuck) 4) Buy a ka-Jillion Gig Hard Drive and store raw avi files (double yuck) Problems with each plan 1) I tried two ways to do this. I created a 12 gig avi file, but when I tried to burn it to DVD (as a data dvd) my burner program didn't span to muliple disks. (Do other programs work better?) I then tried to MANUALLY CAPTURE the movie in three files. This was annoying and got old REALLY quick. I can't find a program that will chop up an original into multiple files. 2) My second plan. I thought to myself "Jumbalia, why store avi files? It's not like you are going to make professional movies." So...I was thinking that I'd convert it to "DVD Quality" and then I'd be OK because DVD's are my destination anyway....right? But then I read comments like "..that Mpeg encoder sucks..." So I am afraid that in 10 years I will be unhappy with the resulting conversion files. 3) I don't want to keep on tape for two reasons; Cost and deterioration. 4) Yeah....sure. I can buy a 300 gig HDD for 150 bucks, but that only like 20 tapes. And what if the HDD crashes?? Nah....DVD is best.