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  • The best way to keep your footage for the future

     Francois Pénzes updated 1 week, 1 day ago 2 Members · 2 Posts
  • Jen Manning

    April 21, 2021 at 11:55 pm

    Hi there all.

    Hoping to get your ideas and advice.

    For many years, I have been rendering all my clips on a annual basis to a to large AVCHD file (1920×1080-50i – taken by camcorders – all personal footage).

    I would then use DVD Architect to burn a Blu-ray movie with all the chapters etc in a Blu-ray format which would then work on a standard Blu-ray connected to a television. I would then archive the original AVCHD file away on a network drive incase I need it again to recreate the Blu-ray in the future (the original raw files are then deleted from the SD cards/local PC hard drive etc).

    The issue is, the network drive is getting full up because these AVCHD files are just too huge (as you know an hour can be around 13GB) – that network drive is also backed up on a portable drive which is done manually – the space issue is too impractical and soon I wont be able to go on like this.

    After recently discovering the amazing Voukoder MP4 option, my new idea going forward was to instead render to Voukoder MP4 in Vegas as my final version and thus archiving those MP4 files to the network drive. The plus points seem to be:

    – They are less than half the size of the AVCHD files. The biggest problem regarding space is resolved and I can double the amount of footage.

    – When I watch the AVCHD file and the Voukoder MP4 on a computer monitor (2560×1440), I honestly cannot really tell them apart so the quality seems great.

    – Voukoder MP4 seemed pretty fast to render, small file size and good quality with 4K footage: so all future 4K filming will probably be forced to use this method.

    – I intentions are to burn the MP4 as a data file to Blu-ray disk (saving time with not having to use DVD Architect). I’ve done one test on my old LG Blu-ray player on my TV and it played the 6GB MP4 data file fine with no issues (HD file only, it does not support 4K res)

    – Tested on Amazon firestick by playing the same MP4 with SMB share on NAS drive. Also played fine.

    What do you think of this idea? Am I missing something? Does this seem like a “possible” viable option?

    The main draw back that I can see is I wont have chapter files anymore on the Blu-ray since its just a data disc now. Not great if the footage is 3 hours long since my Blu-ray player does not have the option of skipping say 10 mins…you have to fast forward which is not great.

    I noticed if I wanted to, DVD Architect will allow the drag and drop of rendered Voukoder MP4’s into its workspace thus I could in theory build a Blu-ray format disc from this MP4 and create the chapters in DA.

    Though my Blu-ray player only supports HD files, would anyone know if 4K Blu-ray players will play a 4K MP4 data file on a Blu-ray disc?

    What do you all do with archiving your personal footage? Does anyone have a best way?

    I really appreciate any feedback, suggestions or advice and would absolutely love to hear how everyone else does this.

    My regards


  • Francois Pénzes

    May 8, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    Hi Jen

    From everything I’ve read so far the main issue is more one of physical medium than format. Now, cloud is nice but will that particular supplier still be in business down the road ? If you choose to go the way of a physical container for your archives, keep in mind that even the best/highest quality DVD/BR has a finite life span. They tend to start showing data degradation after 5 years or so, especially the re-writable ones. There are optical disk archival disk reader/recorder available but prices right now are kinda steep. Sony has one out there for 9000.00$ and a 5.5TB write once disk goes for around 180.00$.

    I’ll leave you with a couple of links to some reading if you are interested.

    Cheers !

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