6 Replies Latest reply: Mar 1, 2010 9:10 AM by Bengt Wärleby
pgallett Level 1 Level 1
I'm trying to find the best way to archive raw minidv footage to external hard drive. I'm selling the video camera and will no longer have a way to play the tapes, so i'd like to preserve the raw footage so I can later edit it or output in some other way. I'm well aware of the size of raw footage, I'm just not sure of the process of getting raw video off the camera and onto the hard drive.

I've almost exclusively used the camera for viewing and playback of tapes and am just now getting into imovie (getting a new tapeless video camera, so i need to learn the way).

thanks for the help

2 x MBP, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6

    There are no good economically reasonable way to do that.

    • One tape needs 13-14Gb space to be stored.

    • Even if possibly - external hard disks are fragile - tapes 1000 times (or more) less so

    A drop -> dead

    They get mechanically old - and stops to spinn especially if not used from time to time

    To keep movie material up to date on hard disk storage - means a maintenance scheme and DISIPLINE.

    If this is a must then the Hard Disk HAS TO BE - *Mac OS EXtended formatted*.

    UNIX/DOS/FAT32/Mac OS Exchange has a 4Gb limit resulting in corrupted movie files.

    AND miniDV tapes are interlaced material - not optimal for iM'08 & 09 - they discard every second line.

    So if You want to store 100% on hard disk - *USE iMovie HD 6* (or prior) or FinalCut
    to do Your safety QuickTime (full quality) .mov files.

    My strategy is
    • Tapes are easy to store and get a cheap miniDV Camera to use as Playback/Capture tool. (about 300 up till today)

    Yours Bengt W
  • mcmoyer Level 1 Level 1
    I second everything that Bengt said....

    I've seen a lot of people lose precious video and photos because they thought things would be safe on a hard drive. One of the biggest reasons why I went with a miniDV type HD camera was that I would have my raw footage archived on tape at all times and have a working copy on my hard drive.
  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7
    I import mine to external hard drive using iMovie. Then back up the drive. Keep tapes in case of nuclear war, but otherwise I will never use the tapes again.
  • pgallett Level 1 Level 1
    Yah, I finally worked my way through it. I didn't realize that you could access the events folder. So I'm just dumping all the tapes into that, straight to the Ext HD.

  • macnorman Level 1 Level 1
    I'm starting a big video archiving project myself (20 years of home movies) and would appreciate any advice you have to avoid pitfalls. I'm going to use iMovie 6 to digitize. Is a large QT the best archiving format? I do want the best quality available so I can edit later.
  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6

    From iMovie HD6 there still is a vital function - Export back to Camera

    To keep 100% - Export out from iMovie to a miniDV tape Camera (SP-mode)
    (never ever LP-mode)

    This gives max quality and safety.

    Yours Bengt W