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October 13, 2008 at 6:51 PM #43835TomWParticipant
I am purchasing my first prosumer camera. I’m looking at the AG-HPX170 and HVX-200. Here is the question: How does one archive video shot with P2 only? With a Mini-DV tape, I understand I can simply store the tape on the shelf – waa-laa, instant archive. But with the P2 “style” – how in the world do I archive??
October 13, 2008 at 7:10 PM #183714
You can burn all your video files onto a disk. It may take a lot of disk right now though since a DVD only holds 4.7GB. Actually, I think they have duel layer DVDs too.
Maybe you could buy an external hard drive, like a 100GB drive, and load all your footage on that and keep it in a safe place.
October 13, 2008 at 7:12 PM #183715
This is what a quick google search got me:
A Dual-Layer DVD differs from a standard DVD by employing a second physical layer within the disc itself. A drive with dual layer capability accesses the second layer by shining the laser through the first semi-transparent layer.
Dual layer recording is available on DVD-R and DVD+R discs for storing significantly more data, up to 8.5 GB per disc, compared with 4.7 GB for single-layer discs.
I would probably go with dual layer disks depending on how large the project is and how many files need to be backed up. Disks last a long time if you keep them out of the sun and in some sort of container, although, I guess you could say the same about an external hard drive as well.
November 30, 2008 at 11:38 PM #183716aburke3Participant
Go with DVD media if your video project is too rigorous for a hard drive. Ie: DVD media is still more resiliant than a spinning hard drive in my opinion.
For most , though, archiving P2 media to a hard drive has been the answer.I use a new App called “ShotPut P2” from Imagine Products to send my video from a P2 volume to several hard drives at once. It never hurts to have your gold in several places 🙂
December 1, 2008 at 12:52 AM #183717
Yea, I know people archive with hard drives too. I’d probably do it too, but i feel like disks may be more cost effective depending on how much media needs to be stored, although hard drives are pretty cheap these days. Whatever works is cool…
December 1, 2008 at 2:35 PM #183718birdcatParticipant
Just be careful about archiving to HD – Ihad a 500GB one go south on me a couple of months ago and lost a lot of stuff that I will be paying a lot of money to recover.
I would go with a BluRay burner for larger files now (25GB and 50GB). It may be pricey but BD blanks are way cheaper than P2 cards!
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