Backing up Mini DV tapes

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  1. lee789

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    I have about 15 mini dvd tapes that I need to edit, which is likley to happen over the next couple of years (yes I'm quick).

    I want to transfer these to DVD in their current state, in order that I can re-use the tapes. These are expensive, dvd's are not (trying to cut costs).

    I use pinnacle and am not sure whether I just load the whole film in as one clip then finalise that as an avi, mpeg or whatever

    or

    Load the film in as a multi clip (I use the timecode to split) then save the pinnacle files onto disk, then when I come to edit it should be easier.

    I'm thinking along the lines of the second, but if it takes me 5 years to do I am concerned the pinnacle file formats may not work with whatever is around then.

    I suppose the question is how is a good way of backing up DV tapes ?

    Any ideas...
     
  2. MarkE19

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    I personally always capture the tapes in smaller sections as it makes editing easier. I save all footage as AVI files on the PC as these are a 100% quality copy of the tape and are the industry standard format.
    As for DV tapes being expensive, I think they are very cheap compared to when I first got a DV cam. I have just bought Sony Premium DV tapes at £2.60 each, but were around £10+ each a few years back.
    The other thing to keep in mind is that a DVD is not a secure copy of your footage. DVDs are easily damaged and once the DV tape has been wiped you have no way of getting the footage back. Even at £10 per tape I have always kept all my origional tapes, and every edit is also copied to a new DV tape for archiving. This makes it easy to recover and create a new DVD if the old one gets scratched.

    Mark.
     
  3. lee789

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    Fair point on the reliability of dvd. I don't want to lose these films, I think I'll source some cheaper tapes. 2.60 sounds good.

    Thanks

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    For your information . . .

    www.discountdiscs.co.uk are selling Sony Premium tapes for £12.99 for a box of 5, including postage. I ordered a couple of boxes and they arrived the next day.
     
  5. MarkE19

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    That's where I got mine! Agree, it was a great service with next day delivery :smashin:

    Mark.
     
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    Mark - you make a really good point about DVD's and keeping the DV Tape. I always used to think of CDs/DVDs as being bullet proof and of course they are not by any stretch of the imagination.

    I now keep the Tapes too for piece of mind.
     
  7. lee789

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    I placed an order with discountdiscs today.

    Thanks !
     

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