Im new to this group, so please forgive me if this subject has already been covered or if it is too elementary for this forum. But, I need your help
I am an entry-level/intermediate video enthusiast and I would like to store the footage from the 100 or so miniDV and older Digital8 tapes in such a way that I can:
1. access the footage for use in Final Cut without having to capture from the tape each time.
2. access the footage from my TV and scrub through it and access it randomly (i.e. pull up any home video and watch it).
3. insure that it is saved securely
While this seems simple enough, I still have problems wrapping my mind around the very best way to do it. The time involved with ripping this footage into wherever it will end up will be substantial, so I want to make sure I do it in the very best way possible.
What file organization method should I use to catalog the footage?
Is there a 3rd party software that helps with this? Maybe a plug-in for FCPX? Do you have to simply batch capture each tape to the HDD?
What file type should I use (AVI, MPEG, etc.)
Should I use something like Apple TV to view it on my TV and will that automatically convert the files so they can be viewed?
Should I invest in a HDD RAID system? How much storage will I need per hour of uncompressed SD video? Of AVCHD video?
What is the best way to connect to this footage from my MacBook Pro for editing?
How do you interfacethe footageto your home entertainment system router?
Ideally, I would like to be able to choose composite 3 or something like that as a TV input and have a file system pop up and I could easily navigate to the exact footage for which I am searching, and watch it with my family. Better yet, figure out a way that is simple enough for my wife or kids to pull it up. All the while being able to open FCPX and ingest any footage into the interface for editing. I am less concerned with the cost of this than with the simplicity and functionality of it once it is set up. We have so many memories locked up in these tapes, and I need to find a way to relive them conveniently.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. THANKS!