Originally Posted by realdeal1115
Do you have a lot of videos stored? How much HD space do you have available? Also, are you streaming the content to your TV? If so, what are you using to get the media to the TV?
1,039 video files (about 100 are old home movies commercially converted to DVD quality). 333 GB all told. My personal video dates from 1994. Files in 2007 and part of 2008 are that 1440 x 1080 resolution. Files since August 2008 are AVCHD 1920 x 1080 resolution.
Some 12,800 picture files, only 20 GB in those total.
In the PC itself, these are on a 600 GB drive that came with the PC two years ago. I also keep three USB drive backups - two attached to HDTVs and one at work to have it out of the house. Two of those are 500 GB drives and the third is a new 1 TB drive. Each of those cost less than $125 when I bought them (they are of different ages).
For our larger HDTV, there's a Sony PS3 attached. One of the USB drives is hooked into that for playback of the video and pictures. We have a smaller HDTV and I bought a Western Digital Media Playback device for it (the 1 TB drive is there).
On the PC itself, I have Vista so I'm using Sony's Picture Motion Browser for organizing the files, trimming when they're first imported, and playback on the PC at any point. Windows 7 has native support for AVCHD playback through Windows Media Player; Vista doesn't. I haven't hunted down "better" software for the PC as Picture Motion Browser is fine for playback.