tape to tape transfer
Posted 07 March 2006 - 02:58 AM
I've been out of film for several years, but now I want to get back into it, unfortunately all my show reel stuff and films are stored with my family in another country, I want to know what is the best way to duplicate my VHS copies of my stuff ( i don't dare let anyone in my family touch the Beta Masters). Can I transfer the information from VHS to Mini-DV, or is that not possible ( this would be ideal as I can then load it into the computer and cut an updated showreel together. Or is it possible to transfer to DVD? If so can Ithen transfer the information from the DVD to the comp for editing? I have no idea about this.
Posted 07 March 2006 - 06:53 AM
Posted 07 March 2006 - 02:59 PM
When I edit my show reel, I hook the Beta machine up to a converter box. This takes analoge in and converts it to IEEE1394 (firewire) just like a mini-DV. I save this to hard drive using Premiere's capture tool and edit as normal.
Once the final show reel is done you can use Adobe Media Encoder (included with premiere) to encode the video down to an MPEG-2 and put that on DVD. (I recomend adobes DVD mastering software. I just made my first few disks with it the other night and it feels very powerful, but is simple to use right out of the gate.)
Posted 08 March 2006 - 07:44 AM
That said, you could have your family buy a VHS/DVD recorder deck to transfer the VHS to DVD. It's quick and easy -- a good solution for technical neophytes. Here's a link to some CNET reviews of these units. They're about $300USD. Mind you, these devices are consumer-level designed to transfer home movies to DVD.
Posted 10 March 2006 - 11:29 AM
well the reason is because I don't want anyone but me to touch the masters, and they are half way around the world, so I don't want them sent to me either just incase they get damaged. But my family know someone who can duplicate them for me.
Quality is not such a problem at the moment as I went to art school, the philosophy was content over quality, (the quality of some of my stuff was quite gritty, which worked as I was tackling gritty issues)in our school the idea was that the poorest film student was an equal with the wealthy, ie. money and aesthetics were not the highest priority and also most of my work was as a Director / Producer, not cinematogrpher, though I did light and shoot all the stuff myself, actually it was very autuerish (can't spell this) anyway, it'd would just be great to have some of my work cut together to show when needed.
SO I think duplicating to DV is the best thing right??
thanks for all your suggestions
Posted 10 March 2006 - 05:21 PM