best video format to preserve 8mm transfers

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by star5fish, Oct 15, 2009.

  1. star5fish macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2009
    Any advice?
    I want to transfer 30 sony handycam movies (both 8mm and Hi8 tapes) into a digital format so i can save them and easily play them back in the future. I imported a 120 min 8mm tape into iMovie, the DV file was 27 GB, wow! I have quicktime pro and wonder what the best file format would be other than DV, while preserving video quality, is it standard quicktime, mp4? Help?
  2. LethalWolfe macrumors G3


    Jan 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    The best thing to do is keep them in DV. Converting them into an MP4, for example, to shrink the file size will just reduce quality and make it for difficult to work w/the footage in future.

  3. star5fish thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2009
    so is quicktime movie a good compromise over mp4? I just converted my 28 GB DV file to QT file at only 8 GB.........quality is still decent.........

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