Originally Posted by chicago66
new question..or should i say questions. before posting i did do a search and cannot find a thread that answers these questions.
1. Do you have to record HD to a Blue Ray Disc or can you record to a dvd-r.
2. assume video of family trip is two hours then that will be about 25 gig approx. each disc is about 5 or so. .. do i have this correct. for a blue ray recordable disc.
3. if convert down then ok to do o a dvd-r.
4. I understand dvd-r is better than dvd+r for movies.
5. now.. is there a way to simply put many movies on a protable hard drive.
6. if one has apple tv can you attach the hard drive to the apple tv to watch movies.
7. in otherwords can we get some posts on how you guys out there are dealling with backing up. transfering onto disc dvd, and whether using blue ray ect.
I think I have a few accurate answers for these questions - if not, someone else please chime in ASAP.
1. The Sony CX520V manual indicates you can write AVCHD (HD) footage to a DVD instead of a Blu-Ray disc as long as you play the disc back on a Blu-Ray player. I'm not sure if that's only to the Sony standalone writer or any DVD-R or DVD+R.
2. Stock DVDs can contain up to 4.77 GB; Blu-Ray discs up to 25 GB (all approx). There are double-sided versions of each, I think, but I think these are the right numbers for playback on a standard DVD or Blu-Ray player even if some burner/readers can get the doubled storage level. #1 relates to using DVDs as the target media; if you get a Blu-Ray burner, then you can write direct to Blu-Ray disks with the full HD footage, the Blu-Ray structure, and the full disc size.
3. If you convert the footage down to SD (standard definition DVD), then you can build regular DVDs playable in any DVD player.
4. No opinion or knowledge of DVD-R vs DVD+R as that stands today.
5. Use of portable drives - this is actually what I do. I stopped using all kinds of disks about 2 years ago when I bought my first AVCHD cam. I did this because (a) I had DVDs from the late 1990s and early 2000s that went bad and thus this seemed unreliable for long-term storage, (b) one digital copy is just like another so "saving the original media" no longer means anything to me, (c) I'm very comfortable with using drives and prefer browsing file folders to popping disks in and out of players, (d) portable USB drives have become dirt cheap in very large sizes - cheap enough to buy multiple ones to provide backups: the drive in my PC, a USB drive for TV playback, and a third one stored at work, and (e) Sony PS3s and Western Digital media playback devices provide great playback of MP3s, JPEGs, and all sorts of video files straight through HDMI cables to HDTVs. The bottom line for me is that I want multiple copies of everything, including one out of the house, and expect all these files to be usable in the future or readily convertable to whatever format exists in 2050. The price drops in the storage and playback hardware were good enough to make me want to go this route.
6. No knowledge.
7. Basically, I store files now, not "DVDs with menus, etc.". I name the folders based on time and place, and name the clips (where I bother) descriptively. When I transferred my grandfather's and father's video to DVDs, I ended up with this big pile of disks, had to copy them all, misplaced some, lost quality on some, etc. All of that can now sit on one portable USB drive the size of a paperback book plus it holds 10GB+ of MP3s and thousands of pictures, including scans of real photos dating back into the mid-1800s. As long as you're religious about backing up your central copies and keeping one separate one, it's hard to beat this for convenience. And if you're not willing to do that, I'd suggest you will be equally casual about reproducing and managing disks in the long run. I know disks are people's primary way of saving things and playing movies today, but I suspect that will change in the not-too-distant future. Anyway, the two approaches are probably roughly equal in cost and convenience today (you can trade disks around more readily), so this is just one more thing where you have to hammer out your personal preference and go with it. My main point here is that using a portable drive has become very cost-effective and convenient now where it probably wasn't really viable 5 years ago.