I have been taking home movies for over 10 years now, I now have an HDD camera, but I still have loads of Mini-DV’s hanging around the house. I have always wanted to edit the material. I have searched for the right tool ages ago, but the moment that I chose my tool (Sony Vegas), I have been stuck. This was over 5 years ago 🙁
What I told myself is that I don’t know what format to save the files? Should it be 17GB/hour raw dv? Our perhaps 4GB/hour Mpeg-2? Or maybe 700MB/hour XVid?
The truth is that I have no integrity with the movies, although I did search for the right tools (that was really fun), I never really use them. I felt like someone who is looking for a job, but who just spends his time looking for a job, and not actually taking one, and just keeps on looking for a job. I spent my time looking for a tool instead of actually editing the movies.
Having no integrity with the movies, made me stop even thinking about editing (I never succeed so I might as well not try) and eventually film less (what will I do will all the tapes). Like a chip on my shoulder, I keep on reminding myself that I have to do something with the tapes.
So this week, 5 years later, I decided to clear the slate and work with integrity to solve my tape problem. I started by intending to talk to 3 people about the format that I need. I managed to talk to one and I finally decided: I will go for the 4GB/hour Mpeg-2.
I then intended to look for someone to do it for me, so I talked to 5 shops, but they where either too expensive or not professional enough (they could only convert DV to DVD, or they never answered my call)
So I then intended to do it myself, I plugged in all the hardware, and I started by capturing 1 hour onto the disk trying different Noise Reduction Filters and Mpeg settings, the clips are looking really good, and now I have written an automating script to render all the clips. (1 DV hour takes over 3 hours to convert end-to-end)
So now I intended to do 1 DV a day (when the computer is free), this way I will get all the clips on disk and they will be more accessible.