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#1 Robert G Smith

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Posted 14 October 2009 - 03:18 PM

Hi, I have 300 miniDV tapes, half NTSC and half PAL and I would like to transfer them all to hard drive/flash drive, so I can work with them on computer. Yes, I am prepared to buy a MAC and numerous 1TB hard drives if necessary, and yes, I have a firewire and USB2 and a DVcam and yes, I could get my hands on Final Cut Pro, but my question is about settings. I do not want to lose any quality whatsoever, nothing. Do I have to compress files? I mean, how would you do such a transfer? Thanks...
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Posted 15 October 2009 - 07:51 AM

Hi, I have 300 miniDV tapes, half NTSC and half PAL and I would like to transfer them all to hard drive/flash drive, so I can work with them on computer. Yes, I am prepared to buy a MAC and numerous 1TB hard drives if necessary, and yes, I have a firewire and USB2 and a DVcam and yes, I could get my hands on Final Cut Pro, but my question is about settings. I do not want to lose any quality whatsoever, nothing. Do I have to compress files? I mean, how would you do such a transfer? Thanks...


Just capture in as DV files, over firewire, it will be a direct copy of the data on the tape. You won't loose any quality. As long as you have enough storage you won't need to compress any of the files further - DV is already compressed.

You will need lots of storage - 1TB is about 80 hours of DV quality footage
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Posted 16 October 2009 - 03:37 AM

Just capture in as DV files, over firewire, it will be a direct copy of the data on the tape. You won't loose any quality. As long as you have enough storage you won't need to compress any of the files further - DV is already compressed.

You will need lots of storage - 1TB is about 80 hours of DV quality footage




Thanks, sounds like good advice... using Final Cut?
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Posted 16 October 2009 - 04:18 AM

Thanks, sounds like good advice... using Final Cut?


Most editing packages can handle DV - so your choice would be more down to the features you need to cut the footage. Final Cut pro would be a good choice - or you could try Premier or Avid - the advantage of these packages let you use a PC, which would be cheaper to buy then a Mac. That said Macs are nice and Final Cut Pro is very good.
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#5 Paul Bruening

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Posted 16 October 2009 - 02:53 PM

On the other side of Phil's post- Macs are highly respected and are more than adequate for the job. Yet, there is considerable versatility, savings, power and expandability in an Adobe/PC arrangement.
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