OT: Video -- digital archiving

Troy Rollins troy at rpsystems.net
Thu Aug 22 15:34:01 EDT 2002

On Thursday, August 22, 2002, at 04:22  PM, Scott Rossi wrote:

> The answer I would offer regarding the above question is this: if you 
> plan
> to do any editing of the footage in the future, you would do well to 
> store
> the digital video in uncompressed form.  If you compress it, you lose 
> data
> as you well know.  Without access to the original uncompressed video, 
> your
> editing options may be limited in the future.
> One of our clients is a medium size post production house.  We had 
> another
> client come to us and ask if it was possible to edit some text out of an
> MPEG video.  The verdict was the post production house could do it but 
> not
> without visible artifacts in the final resulting MPEG.
> If you don't know what your future editing needs will be, the most 
> flexible
> option would be to store your video uncompressed.

I agree with Scott's assessment, although given the source content you 
described, DV, while compressed at 5:1, would be a good storage format. 
There is not much point in digitizing VHS to an uncompressed video 
format - nothing gained but massive uses of hard drive space.

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