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Old Sep 27, 2012, 10:04 PM   #1
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Best way to archive home videos

I am hoping someone here can point me in the right direction! I have been reading the Missing Manual for iMovie '11 but am still a bit confused. I have home movies taken both on my iPhone and my Panasonic HD camcorder. I would like to edit them onto a DVD or Blu-Ray so that I can have a nice collection to watch. However, my other concern is the footage being archived well and lasting a long time.

I know that I cannot burn actual HD to DVD and in order to view the HD I'd have to get a Blu-Ray burner and software. How bad would the quality be if I burned everything to DVD? And if I do burn to Blu-Ray or DVD, will I have to store the raw footage on hard drive in order to preserve it? Or will it be safe on the Blue-Ray or DVD? I am not sure how long those last, but I also do not really want to have to deal with storing large video files on external hard drives for years to come.

Any help is appreciated!
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Old Sep 28, 2012, 09:31 AM   #2
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This is a common issue for people in the digital era. It used to be that you just stored your camcorder tapes in a cool, dry place where they would degrade over time, but only slightly, and that constituted an "archive" of your footage. Now with digital camcorders, including HD, video-taking camera phones, etc., archival is more involved.

I shoot a lot of video on all my devices, and edit it together to share on DVD and Blu-ray, but I do also archive the source footage. Here's how:

I save all the original clips from each of the devices onto my Mac. My Mac gets backed up via Time Machine. Periodically I'll purge the clips from my Mac onto two external hard drives connected to another computer in the house. And then I'll burn two copies onto a data Blu-ray disc (not video, but data) and keep one copy at home and the other copy in my office at work.

As technology marches on, and because hard drives and burned optical media are failure-prone, I copy all my data to the newest media available. I started with a couple of 500GB drives and burning to CD-R, and now I'm at 1.5TB drives and burning to Blu-ray (BD-R).

Something else to consider: in addition to preserving the original video files taken directly from the camera devices, you'll want to convert and preserve the files in newer file formats as they emerge. Standards such as MPEG and H.264 seem safe for now, but if they're ever replaced by something newer and there is the risk of future systems dropping support for the older formats, you'll want to have the video files in the newer formats. It'd be a shame, 20 years from now, to need to have an old computer with old software just to look at your old video recordings.
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Old Sep 28, 2012, 09:42 AM   #3
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Thank you for your response. Questions:

1. How often do you think you need to move the clips to new media? 10 years?

2. Can anyone recommend the best software for burning to blu-ray from my Macbook Pro?

3. What website offers the best prices on external hard drives?
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Old Sep 28, 2012, 01:00 PM   #4
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1. Every time some new, larger, recordable/burnable medium comes out. For me it went CD-R --> DVD+R --> BD-R. So maybe five to seven years?

2. Toast 11.

3. Amazon.com.
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Old Oct 6, 2012, 02:13 PM   #5
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Thank you again for your help. I saw that you said you keep all the source footage. Do I need to keep ALL the clips? For instance, what if I just want to edit them together. Can I export this in Full HD, and then burn that to Blue-ray and external hard drive? Is there any reason why I need to keep all the original clips?
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Old Oct 6, 2012, 05:34 PM   #6
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How long is a piece of string?. This archive question keeps popping up like wildfire.
Nobody can tell how long anything is going to last. This no touchable media has us in control. If i had my way and it still was around i would transfer all my material to film. I have super8 film 35 years ago and it is still very good.
No don't mess around with storing it on external hard drive. Edit-Burn-DVD. Unless it is very valuable then get yourself a USB stick and save it on there.
But you decide how you would like it.
It is a good question but at present one can only guess???????
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Old Oct 6, 2012, 06:53 PM   #7
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I suspect, for the moment, the most robust method for digital storage is some form of SSD (e.g., a proper SSD or a large flash drive). It is also the most expensive but, like anything else, it should get cheaper over time. For now, I store my client's video on two separate HDs at two different geographic locations, as well as on the "cloud." Triple redundancy and I don't see that methodology changing, regardless of storage format. I do the same for my personal stuff. I also schedule a spin up for the drives once every 3 months on my iCal, though there is nothing magical about 3 months. I also have had bad luck with USB external drives that come from the manufacturer in those plastic enclosures. I buy good internal drives and put them in a good USB enclosure. Yes, I'm a little OCD, but I've also been burnt before by not backing stuff in the method described above. Since I adopted the triple redundancy method, I've never come close to being hurt. Will my storage media change over time? Sure! But I'm OK with that. Anyone remember the Iomega Jazz Drive?
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Old Oct 6, 2012, 10:49 PM   #8
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It seems nearly anything will degrade over time. USB flash disk will last an average of 10 years before it degrades. Blu-ray/DVD/CDROM uses a dye that also fades with time. Now the ones that are pressed metal will last decades.
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Old Oct 7, 2012, 12:33 AM   #9
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This was not mentioned, so I'll bring it up.

You want your home movies archived:

If you really want to make sure the stuff is available in 10 years, i would suggest uploading the videos to both Vimeo, and Youtube.

As well has multiple forms of backup (tape/disc/Harddrive)

The other benefit of storing it on someone else' servers is that OTHER PEOPLE can watch your home video. Or not. (up to you)

Likely you have family members that would be interested in watching it, so why bother sending them a DVD when they can simply go online?

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Old Oct 9, 2012, 05:41 AM   #10
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This is exactly what I was looking for, I have a Nas server I use to store my video just the cheap ReadyNas Duo, but I am unsure of what format to use, I have tons of old digi tapes and am worried about them degrading. I have converted a few and they tend to store as large DV files, or I think as mov files once I started using iMovie. I remembered the other day I still have loads more to do is there any suggested format I can store them in, that saves space and retains high quality?
I really need to organise the whole lot into one format I suppose.
I have Final Cut Pro now so was thinking the Pro res format but I don't know which one is best. Or do I really have to keep the DV format as well? I've never ripped with Final Cut before so maybe there is a default I can use?
Appreciate any advice..
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Old Oct 9, 2012, 07:15 AM   #11
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In 10 years time will i be sitting and editing on my computer present day material???? i don't think so. Everything will be different with our video material.
You seem to worry if and when, and how, if you got a crystal ball all your problems would be solved.
Reading from your post and advice given no matter what you do it will create some sort of storage problem.
I say edit your family material on iMovie or FCP (You did not state what version you have) which will be a pleasure to view for all and then burn them unto DVD or save them on an external hard drive. That is what i have done. My DVD'S 5 years ago still look fine.
Please note this is only my opinion. I hope you can come to a decision and let me know in 10 years how your material is.
I have heard and seen FUJI experiment with hologram format which will give us a surround vision.
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Old Oct 9, 2012, 07:31 PM   #12
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I suspect, for the moment, the most robust method for digital storage is some form of SSD (e.g., a proper SSD or a large flash drive). It is also the most expensive but, like anything else, it should get cheaper over time. For now, I store my client's video on two separate HDs at two different geographic locations, as well as on the "cloud." Triple redundancy and I don't see that methodology changing, regardless of storage format. I do the same for my personal stuff. I also schedule a spin up for the drives once every 3 months on my iCal, though there is nothing magical about 3 months. I also have had bad luck with USB external drives that come from the manufacturer in those plastic enclosures. I buy good internal drives and put them in a good USB enclosure. Yes, I'm a little OCD, but I've also been burnt before by not backing stuff in the method described above. Since I adopted the triple redundancy method, I've never come close to being hurt. Will my storage media change over time? Sure! But I'm OK with that. Anyone remember the Iomega Jazz Drive?
SSD is not a bad idea but remember, it too can suffer from physical errors due to being mishandled.

One thing that was not mentioned is that if you break up your "films" into smaller portions, there are CD's that are truly archival. In this respect treat them simply as "files" to be rebuilt on an as need basis if they exceed the volume of a CD. There may be some DVDs that boast about being archival but I don't know of any details but there are 3 companies that specialize in archival CDs. The one important piece of info is no matter which way you go - mechanical drive, ssd, or disc - make more than one and preferably 3 copies stored in different locations. I believe that for a DVD-R, Taiyo Yuden (sp) comes to mind but I am unsure if they are still around.

Just my two cents.
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Old Oct 10, 2012, 05:05 AM   #13
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Now having read all the input. Do let us know what you are planning to do.
Most members ask questions and they "Ride Off Into The Sunset"
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Old Oct 15, 2012, 03:51 PM   #14
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Thank you all for the responses! Okay, here is what I am thinking of doing.

1. Import all my footage onto my Macbook pro. Backup all footage onto external hard drive and also burn to blu-ray (data.)

2. Create an edited project. Export this in full HD to external hard drive. Also burn to blu-ray. Upload to youtube.

3. Once one project is complete, delete these clips from my Macbook.

One last question. If I use Roxio Toast, do I need any additional software or programs when dealing with my High Def footage? In other words, will Toast allow me to view HD clips on my Macbook? Or do I need some other type of software?
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Old Oct 15, 2012, 11:30 PM   #15
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If I use Roxio Toast, do I need any additional software or programs when dealing with my High Def footage?
Toast is your Swiss Army Knife for disc formats.
You can burn VCD, DVD, BD-XL, CD-R, DVD-R, friggin' everything under the sun.
That being said, the version I have Toast 10, also required me to buy a "Blu Ray" option/extention. That is probably all included in Toast 11, but you might want to go to Roxio's website and check first.
Toast will also ENCODE files.
You can certainly PREVIEW the content of the disc you are making, as well as choose templates and backgrounds, much like iDVD.


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In other words, will Toast allow me to view HD clips on my Macbook? Or do I need some other type of software?
I don't really understand the question. Toast is for burning discs. It's not like VLC player, or Quicktime which is used for viewing movies.
I can't remember if you stated that you DO have a Blu-Ray burner or not, but there isn't a Mac computer on the planet that ships with the ability to read OR burn blu ray discs using the Superdrive.

I have an external Pioneer Blu Ray drive, which is through USB 2.
Any blu ray discs I burn, I must use THAT drive to view the contents of any Blu Ray disc, as I do not have a set top Blu Ray player.
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