Converting video to digital?
In the last post we discussed optical media as an option. What about other file types? If you are going to edit from the files or upload them to a online service or just want to keep them in a format that can be archived, then DVD is not really an option. We suggest looking at files such as AVI or QuickTime for editing and archiving purposes and MP4 for uploading. AVI and QuickTime are generally a lot larger then MPEG 2 files, the reason is that they are less compressed, resulting in a better image quality. The trade off is size, a typical 1 hour clip (in the DV codec) is going to need around 12GB of hard drive capacity. The advantage of these larger files is that one is able to render a multitude of other files from these masters without loosing too much quality. In most cases converting old analogue formats to a SD 720 x 576 DV AVI file is more than enough. The rule of thumb is AVI for PC’s and QuickTime for MAC’s. Most edit systems will support both formats so the choice is your’s. We have a professional grade transfer facility, we make use of state of the art AV processing equipment which allows us to re-calibrate the video and audio signals thus ensuring the best possible transfer. Contact us today to discuss your requirements.