Originally Posted by rich121
Yes, this is what we were talking about.
I suggested using a MC6 to record onto DVD. Tom Gull does not like recording onto DVD and suggested backing up with another hard drive.
I have not tried the double DVD yet, I hope it works as well, as this is what I bought the recorder to use.
"...does not like..." is maybe too strong a statement and certainly doesn't cover all situations. My preference is based partly on volume of things to digitize (video, music, documents, pictures), partly on convenience, and partly on my target output device (HDTVs and very little photo printing). It's a way to go but not the only one I'd recommend based on a person's needs.
If a person needs to distribute copies to people who have DVD players, for example, that's the way to go. And the convenience of one-touch DVD production now is much higher than the hoops we used to have to jump through to prepare and burn DVDs. The Sony burners and cam support are actually one "how to..." for one of the items I listed - putting AVCHD clips on blank DVDs for playback in Blu-Ray players.
For context of why volume is important to me, my parents had me digitize all of their home movies and almost 1,000 photos before they died. I scanned most of the photos in the early 1990s and it took a long time to do. I should have it redone now at modern resolutions and color depths - we're talking hundreds of photos alone from the 1840s to the 1920s or so. For the movies, I ended up sending those out locally for conversion since I didn't have the right equipment. Same thing for some 400 slides (there are four times that I haven't had the money to digitize). The movies went onto VHS tapes, and then I eventually created about a 20 DVD set personally from those. I duplicated each DVD five times to have backups, a playable copy, and then copies for my siblings. So I'm pretty aware of the amount of space and time it takes to go the DVD route if you're distributing them, and also that there is a failure rate unless you buy the very best DVD blanks.
So I experienced a switch to digitizing over the last 19 years (!) and that accelerated when I got my first camcorder that transferred digital files as is from its media to a PC. I digitized my music CDs and all but a few of my record albums last year and donated the records to Goodwill. I made sure all the video on my mini-DV tapes was in MP2 files, and also ripped all the DVD video back to MP2 files as well. Then I trashed the tapes and DVDs. I have a ton of documents gathered from research over the years, and I've scanned about 10% of those into the PC and tossed the paper. The media for all of these have no sentimental value to me so I'm not throwing away something I directly care about - the digital copies are the important ones and they're all immediately accessible to me in multiple places now. These files can also be carried into the future easily - it's not like I'll need to convert them to some new format on a given day or they'll be lost, since millions of people will have files in these formats and vendors will provide upgrade pathways. So I have picked up a lot of space by digitizing the media and the cost of doing so is probably now lower than other alternatives that go to smaller, intermediate forms of media.
At the end, I hope to have all the family photos, videos, slides, music, and documents digitized and an uncrowded environment. I'll keep the original older photos and documents I inherited because those really do have sentimental value. That's maybe 8 cubic feet of material. But for content I create and newer items, the digital copy is far more accessible and can be backed up easily. Libraries are digitizing as well - this isn't an avant garde trend anymore, it's a practical use of cheap storage and great output devices.
So my basic advice is the same as for buying a cam - figure out your needs and meet them. Don't worry about what other people like or don't like, just understand the technology and make it work for you.