Preserving quality of mini DV SD cassettes for long term storage -camcorder vs player
I have some mini DV cassettes from a camcorder I had in 2004-2006.
The camcorder I used was the Samsung SCD103 (which broke years ago), and the cassettes were Sony DVM60's.
I want to convert them into a digital file using a firewire cable. I'm not too familiar with the mini dv format, so before I start:
1. The tapes themselves were recorded in SP mode, what resolution would this be considered? Would that even matter once they're converted into a digital format or would I still aim for a specific resolution?
2. What would yield the better result, re-buying the same camcorder again, buying a higher quality camcorder, or buying a dedicated player, all of which would be connected via firewire?
Expanding on that, what difference would a higher quality camera or dedicated player make if any?
3. In order to yield a maximum result the first time, should I clean the tapes and/or the camcorder (or player) before I stream copy the tapes to a file? How would I go about doing that?
4. Is there any other information I should know about to get the best result possible?