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Archiving on DVD

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by Loz2, Aug 14, 2003.

  1. Loz2


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    Have just been referred to this forum so bear with me if this is the wrong place to ask the question!

    I have a lot of video material on U-matic / Betamax / VHS / S-VHS and need to transfer this to something to archive the material long-term without losing quality of the originals. I have heard conflicting reports about DVD recorders up till now and need to transfer to a format that is at least accessible and compatible with future formats. I need to avoid making classic mistakes and regretting them, so a few dos and don'ts and solid advice on the best option to pursue would be appreciated!

    Also, is the process of transfer simple and what exactly is involved. I need to get the stuff transferred while the tapes are in good condition really, and onto something that will reliably preserve it!
  2. Rasczak

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    Apr 3, 2002
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    Have a look through the posts in the "DVD Recorders & Media" forum - you can get to it from the route AV Forums menu under the heading AV Sources. Alternatively click here:

    I suggest you just have a quick read through some of the posts (as that will probably raise more questions than you've got now!). Archiving from VHS/SVHS/Betamax is easy and can produce some very impressive results. Never archive from U-Matic but I believe it outputs in normal composite (albeit high quality composite) so you shouldn't have any trouble there either.

    Anyway have a read through and if you still have questions post there.

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