What is your workflow/backup to store family videos?
I have begun capturing 12TB of miniDV, Hi8 and VHS tape. I’m thinking of using hard drives, but open to suggestions. Ideally, the media would be accessible to view on a large flat screen TV downstairs via wifi and phone or laptop.
After capturing the home videos I edited in FCP, then exported all the m4v files. Then I imported them all into my Plex server and organized them into categories, adding descriptive metadata for each file.
Now all our home videos are available wherever we are: on each TV at home, but also iPhones, iPads, etc. when we travel (if we ever do again).
Huge benefit is that I can add users and share specific folders with family members all over the country. My brothers can log into my server and watch our home videos whenever they want.
Scott, sorry for the long delay, been busy with kids and grandkids and not working on this project. Thanks for your reply.
Since my post I bought a OWC Thunderbolt drive enclosure with two 8TB drives in a mirrored configuration.
To keep track of what’s been captured, I started a Numbers spreadsheet to describe each tape and what’s on them…but after quite a few tapes captured, I’m thinking there must be a better way…database?
I’m expecting the task of finding something specific to get more difficult as the number of stored tapes increases. For example, it would be nice to be able to easily find video of a specific person or place or event.