[geeks] I haven't gotten into this yet but I need some advice
david at cantrell.org.uk
Fri Apr 12 13:54:41 CDT 2002
On Fri, Apr 12, 2002 at 01:32:02PM -0400, Joshua D Boyd wrote:
> I just hate to do anything that can't be undone with the main dataset.
> And while MPEG-2 really damages video, DivX damages it even more. But, how
> does one reasonably offline store 100+ gigs of data?
If you want to preserve the quality, use film. Or buy two enormous hard
disks, and mirror them. Store the data uncompressed - well, without using
lossy compression anyway. If you choose to dump it to film, you will need
to be very careful how you store it. Film is not indestructible.
> Why not just tell her to go DigiBeta if we are going to consider that? Not
> that I wouldn't mind being able to afford it for myself.
That's not a bad idea. She doesn't need any digibeta hardware, just needs
to find someone who can transfer onto digibeta. I know that the TV and
video repair shop in my home-town can, so I'm sure you can find someone
nearby. She'll then need to pay someone again to transfer from digibeta
to $other_format when it comes time to do anything with the data. But then,
if she watches the existing media and just uses digibeta as a backup for
when they wear out, that's not really a problem.
Again, you should be careful about storing digibeta, although it's a lot
more robust than plenty of other formats.
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