Audio & video software forum: Best "raw" video capture format tape to hard drive?

by: brg51 January 1, 2013 10:35 AM PST

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Best "raw" video capture format tape to hard drive?

by brg51 - 1/1/13 10:35 AM

Hi,
I have dozens and dozens of Hi-8 tapes that I have captured videos on with my Sony camcorders. Most are digital but the older ones are analog (my current Sony can play back either so that is not a problem).

I would like transfer (import) the videos on the tapes to files on my hard drive for now (ideally, 1 file per tape) for archival purposes. Then, later, I would like to create DVDs by extracting, editing and compiling just certain parts of the videos.

Therefore, I am wondering what is the best "raw" format I can use to "copy" the native data from an 8mm tape to a file on my hard drive. Since I will be editing them again later to get them into final form on a DVD, I would like a format that is as lossless as possible (I have plenty of disk space so size is not a problem). I'd also like a format that is not proprietary as I may use a combination of Cyberlink, Adobe, and perhaps other programs to do the editing later so I would like to use a format that any of those applications can "read".

Any recommendations would be most appreciated
thanks, bruce


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