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Archiving Video To Digital Formats

Even if you keep your video tapes in a plastic case, vertically stored, in a climate controlled room, your tapes are eventually going to degrade. Let‘s face it, even though you will definitely slow down the degradation process, your tapes will fade away with exposure to time and the elements.  If you are going to take the leap and convert your old video tapes to a Digital Format you may want to consider a few things.

1. Convert All Your Footage:  Whatever you don’t convert you will probably lose forever. Things that you might not think you need now, you will kick yourself later for not saving. So, a good rule of thumb is, if you are not shooting the floor and your lens cap is off, convert it.

2. Know What Format You Want Your Footage To Become:  If you have a Windows PC computer, you will probably want the AVI format. If you have a Mac, then the format of choice is a Quicktime Movie. If you are archiving, stay away from formats like Windows Media and Flash. They are highly compressed and great for websites, but not for archiving. Once your file is converted to an AVI or a Quicktime Movie, it is easy to make a Windows Media or Flash file from your original digital file.

After your file is converted to a digital format, if you have editing software, you can edit out any footage you don‘t want in your videos. If you don‘t have editing software, we offer that service here at CC Video Duplication. All you have to do is watch your clips and write down the times of what you want to keep. After we are done editing, we can give you a finished video clip, a DVD or both. Click on the Video To Hard Drive link for more information.

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