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Old 07-13-2019, 10:57 AM
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Have a couple of videos I want to have converted to CD's OR the best thing there is today. I'm sure there are good reliable companies that do this!

1. What's the latest / greatest format?
2. Who did you use?

Thanks.....just starting to get things in order. This was on my list from 2012, never got around to it.

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Old 07-13-2019, 11:50 AM
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I think Windows media player does this these days but the first question you need to ask is do you want these to play on any old DVD player or is this for PCs? If it is PCs, whatever format you have now should work with minimal loss. Just copy it to a CD/DVD. (every time you re code something you lose something). If it is for a DVD player you will burn it in DVD format. There is a VCD format but not all players will play them.
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Old 07-13-2019, 04:07 PM
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Hardest bit is finding a quality VHS machine that is still working.
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Old 07-13-2019, 04:26 PM
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Do you mean video tape, (as in VCR) or home video, as in 8mm or Super 8mm, or something else?
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Super 8mm & VCR tapes. We have several tapes I wish to convert to something much more lasting! Only have 3 tapes, but the stuff on them is truly priceless to me! My wedding, my Family, and other things. I must know that whatever procedure I choose will be stupid proof, as in there cant be any screw-ups. I think if I lost these I would go off the deep end! They're really the only things I find valuable in my life to be honest!
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I would convert to mp4 files and store them on digital media (hard drive, flash drive, etc). Most writable CD's and DVD's are not meant for archiving and can become unreadable in the future. But to be honest most media has flaws in the long term unless you put the files on a gold disk like Voyager had ;-)
Whatever media you choose, I would make multiple backups and store them in a cool, dry, dark place
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Originally Posted by GaryDoug View Post
I would convert to mp4 files and store them on digital media (hard drive, flash drive, etc). Most writable CD's and DVD's are not meant for archiving and can become unreadable in the future. But to be honest most media has flaws in the long term unless you put the files on a gold disk like Voyager had ;-)
Whatever media you choose, I would make multiple backups and store them in a cool, dry, dark place

Excellent, will do, never heard that CD's also deteriorate, never knew that! Would it be wise to seal them with my food sealer for long term storage as well?
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I have no idea about vacuum sealing, maybe that works. I think the best plan would be to do fresh backup copies from the stored media at least every 5 years before deterioration occurs. I have all my stuff on multiple USB drives and do cross backups often. Even that isn't perfectly reliable. The problem with the CD's and DVD's is that the end user "burning" process is very wimpy compared to the normal factory "pressing".
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Old 07-14-2019, 04:17 AM
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Call Max Wyler at Accord Productions in Miami. They digitize these formats into DVD’s. Also have them transfer the .mov file to a thumb drive as a master backup. Don’t fuck around with Windows OS with archival video.
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how do they convert those videos to digital?
Run it on a screen and use a camera to capture what is on the screen?
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Originally Posted by Limbofish View Post
Call Max Wyler at Accord Productions in Miami. They digitize these formats into DVD’s. Also have them transfer the .mov file to a thumb drive as a master backup. Don’t fuck around with Windows OS with archival video.
MOV (Apple) and MP4 (PC) are basically equivalent in capability. MP4 was actually based on the MOV format. But MP4 files can be recovered much more easily if damaged and that is why I prefer it.

For VHS, I used PolderbitS Video software to capture to pc. For film, there are many companies that perform the conversion. Or you could buy a converter for $300-$1000 and do them yourself. I would pay for the service unless you have a huge quantity of film. Recording from a screen works too but is less effective.
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IIRC - Legacy Box is the firm that advertises on Rush
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VCR is easy if you have a capture device (card or USB dongle). The trick is finding a working VHS or OMG, Beta player. This does point out the archive dilemma. Everyone worries about the media but the real problem might be finding something to read old media.
I remember in the 90s, the big.question was a media that would last 100 years. They came up with a special 12" optical disk that was supposed to do that. It is only 25 years later and I doubt there are a dozen of those readers running anywhere.
OTOH I was loading a DOS/W-3.1 system the other day to recover some files and those 30 year old diskettes read fine.

As others have said, if this is film, you need a pro with a good machine.
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I ran across a Zip disk (not zip compression, but a "Zip" archive diskette) couple weeks ago. I was wondering if anyone still had one of those so I could find out what was on it.

I bought a VCR to DVD player/recorder a couple years ago to transfer some VHS to DVD. It was a couple hundred bucks but I must have converted at least 50 tapes. Just pop the tape in, pop a DVD in and run though a couple menus and let it run to completion. Once you get them on digital format then you can do a lot of editing and you don't lost any more quality unless you want to save it in a more compressed format.

With film it's a different deal. You also have to convert the frame rate, from what's typically 24 fps to 30 (or 29.667 or something like that).
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