I have a stack of MiniDV tapes from an age old video camera and want to import the videos. Right now I'm using VirtualDub and a capture card to import the raw data.
What 2 formats (and settings) can anyone recommend (and respective software) for the following requirements?
Something that retains as much data as possible for later editing/conversion. But obviously far smaller than raw AVI as ~50GB/hr is a little too much for me. (Please see extra notes for the raw AVI's details)
For distributing to family and friends, so: small and good quality. (I was considering DivX). This could have possibly been answered here (but it looks like the answers tend towards Linux).
Asked by jay on August 5, 2010. Last Edited on August 26, 2010.
Consider buying/borrowing a device, card, laptop, or computer that has a FireWire/iLink/IEEE-1394 port. That way, you can copy the actual DV bytes directly, with no sampling/generation loss, and it's intended as an edit format. It's 13GB per hour. 720x480 non-square pixels.
Barring that, you can consider a lossless codec like Lagarith.
For distribution, H.264 has the broadest support, including mobile devices. You can use Handbrake.
Answered by Ken on August 6, 2010.
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