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    Default Compressing RAW video

    Hey guys,
    I have a problem right now. I need to compress video Im pulling from my old camcorder. I want to keep digital backups without loss in quality. Or very little loss if possible. What format and program should I be trying to convert this into.
    I have 500 gigs so I do have lots of room, but the RAW video for all my videos are too big.
    Thanks for any help
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    The quality of your backup does not to exceed the quality of the source - what is the source materail?

    I would suggest that backing up using the dv codec will be fine at 11 gigs / hour , that is assuming a dv or worse source.

    If you want to use less space i find that wmv at 2000 kbit .sec does not degrade dv, well only a tiny bit, and that gives only 900 meg of disc space for an hour.

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    They are those old Hi-8 tapes. What software can encode them at DV?

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    Have you considored backing up to DVD, I would say that is safer than a hard drive, with hd storage you really need 2 seperate copies on 2 drives for top safety.

    DVD-R is a mature technology and I am pretty sure I am right in saying that all the fears of short life have proved groundless, but i didnt check.

    Backing up this way is a cinch too, most dvd-r recorders like the sort you put next to your telly can record straight from ant analogue input. Much easier than faffing around with a pc if literally all you want to do is back all tapes up 'as is'.

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