Archiving Footage for Safekeeping

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by darkpixie08, Nov 16, 2011.

  1. darkpixie08 macrumors member

    Sep 6, 2006
    Silly question for the experts:

    I'm amassing quite a bit of home movie footage, and I'd like to take it all and put it on a DVD to keep it all in a safe deposit box. Is there a "best format" to store these files in, to keep over the years? Anything I should know about long term wear and tear? Any best practices for archiving footage? Thanks.
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    How do you bring the home videos to your Mac?

    And I would store them as uncompressed as it gets, for instance if you use iMovie to capture the footage and iMovie uses the Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC) to compress the files in, I would store the footage in that format, but I would use an external 2.5" HDD to do so, 500 GB in a 2.5" USB enclosure can be had for less than 50 €, and I would store it on two HDDs, thus I have a copy of a copy.

    What I actually did was capturing my DV and Digi Beta tapes via Avid Media Composer and storing the footage on three HDDs, two for backup, one for working with it.
  3. WestSt macrumors member

    May 9, 2010
    Is the camera tape or file based (with a HDD or Flash drive - AVCHD, MP4, mpeg.. Etc)?

    If it's file based, I would store the file archive excactly as it's structured on the camera, because then there is no compressing involved, and iMovie/Final Cut can import with some work arounds, if you want to re-import later... (With tape I'm clueless)
  4. cgbier macrumors 6502a

    Jun 6, 2011
    Tape has the archive built in ;)

    For file based video, create Archives with iMovie/FCP X on external drives (let them spin some now and then). That'll keep your originals with a small file size.

    I'm not too impressed with the longevity of DVD for archiving (got burned there)
  5. WestSt macrumors member

    May 9, 2010
    Haha, of course... Goes without saying! Just goes to show excactly how TOTALLY CLUELESS I am with tape :D

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