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Best format to backup/archive videos?

Discussion in 'Other video questions' started by colintan, Apr 24, 2005.

  1. colintan

    colintan Member

    Apr 23, 2005
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    I need some advice.
    I would like to backup/archive some important videos.
    Some considerations:

    1. I would like to save money buying MiniDV Tapes. I know that they are the best way to backup videos as they have the highest quality (though tapes may turn mouldy)

    2. If I backup to any format, there must be a way to be able to edit them easily in future, if needed.
    For example, if I backup to DVD format playable on DVD players, it'd be difficult/troublesome to edit them in future, as I have to rip the vob files and convert them to mpg format to edit in Adobe Premiere.

    3. So I figure out that the best and fastest possible way (and saving space way) is to export to MPEG2 and backup as a normal data file on a DVD data disc.

    So is #3 the best way? Are there any other better quality formats? I know that DivX or WMV are good, but I'm afraid when too much compression takes place, it may compromise the quality of the video for future editing. RAW DV AVI is definitely out as it needs huge amounts of space.

    Would appreciate some discussion
  2. celtic_d

    celtic_d Regular member

    Jan 23, 2005
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    The MPEG2 file really isn't any more editible than a DVD. After all DVD is just MPEG2. That is unless you were to only use I frames. But then you are probably looking at DV type filesizes anyway.

    If you are planing on editing something then you really need a keyframe only solution.

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