codecs for deep archive

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      Anonymous
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      We are working on a project at a large church involving converting 700 VHS tapes and another 700 MiniDV tapes to spinning disk (lots of volunteers), adding metadata,and then sending them off to the ColdStor Data digital deep archive. We want to be relatively comfortable that 10-20 years into the future, when the files are retrieved, there will be a codec to view / edit them. I’m anxious to hear of other’s experiences and recommendations on a codec.

      Thanks in advance,

      Michael

    • #197645
      Rob
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      “We want to be relatively comfortable that 10-20 years into the future, when the files are retrieved, there will be a codec to view / edit them.”

      Unfortunately, there’s no way to tell whether or not a codec will be valid in 10 or 20 years. Technology is always changing, and as time goes on it’s changing faster and faster. All you can do is keep tabs on the technology.

      For now, best thing to do is capture your tapes (both the miniDV and VHS) as DV25. That’s DV-NTSC is you’re in the USA or DV-PAL if you’re in Europe

    • #197646
      Coreece
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      What do you mean by spinning disk?

      If you mean burning DVDsor CDsthen I’d be more concerned aboutcyclic redundancy errors orfile degradation in 10-20 years rather than the codecs themselves…

      in any event, DV will probably be best like Rob said.

    • #197647
      XTR-91
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      AVC is a relatively advanced format that should last. Resolution may go up, but the AVCHD format should last for a while.

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