Converting DVD Home movie back to quictime

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  1. jhmccoy macrumors newbie

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    I have a dual G5 with panther preinstalled. I want to archive my DV tapes. I can write them to a DVD but how do I reverse the process (convert it back to quicktime) so that I could edit it without having to hook up my DVD player to my camcorder and re-record the movie.

    I would appreciate any help in the matter.

    Thanks.
     
  2. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    Do not use DVDs to archive your DV tapes. You lose huge amounts of data when you do that (DVD is about 1/4 the data rate of MiniDV). And to get the files back off the DVD you'll have to transcode them again (DVD->DV) which will be another "digital" generation loss.

    DVD is great to put the final product on but it's bad to archive to.


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  3. patrick0brien macrumors 68040

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    -jhmccoy

    I'm not contradicting LethalWolfe here, but there is something you can do. Or rather,not do.

    Don't convert your DV to be playable on a DVD.

    Make the DVD be your Data archive. Just copy the .qt file itself.

    It will be faster, as there would ne no MPEG-2 encoding, and you can get your videos back.

    Only encode to MPEG-2 to be playable as a DVD when you want that content to stay there - keeping your original footage on that DVD archive disk.
     
  4. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    Patrick, the only problem w/that is it will take 3 DVDs to back up 1 hour of video.


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  5. patrick0brien macrumors 68040

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    -LethalWolfe

    This is why I personally use dedicated HD's for this :D
     
  6. jhmccoy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    backing up DVD

    Thanks, I have thought of just copying the QT file, but like someone said it is a huge file. Buying firewire harddrives sounds more expensive than keeping minidv tapes. Any other ideas?

    Thanks.
     
  7. arn macrumors god

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    Re: backing up DVD


    as others have stated....

    I keep my DV on DV tapes.

    Finished edited stuff you can record out to DV. It may be a little costly... but really is the best way if you want to be able to edit it later.

    arn
     

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