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Old January 30th, 2008, 10:05 PM   #1
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HD Video on 1TB harddrive

How much HD video can I get on a 1TB harddrive? How many minutes/hours?
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Old January 31st, 2008, 07:17 AM   #2
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Re HD video - is it mpeg2 compressed just like it came off the tape? In which case 13 GB translates to 63 minutes of video, plus or minus.

Or has it been run through a codec like Cineform, in which case it will depend on a lot of factors. Or is it completely uncompressed?
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Old January 31st, 2008, 07:46 AM   #3
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For HDV, about 75 hours.
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Old January 31st, 2008, 10:12 PM   #4
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Thanks. I guess it was just a general question on how many hours. I really don't know what format to keep it in. I want to store it all for backup purposes in lieu of keeping it on tape.

Looks like I need to search the boards... Thanks for the 75 hr. answer. That's JUST what I was looking for... a ballpark answer.
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Old January 31st, 2008, 11:18 PM   #5
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I hope you are keeping it on tape as well because a Hard Drive is a mechanical device that will stop working one day.

Just look at all those ipods that don't work anymore.
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Old February 2nd, 2008, 09:55 PM   #6
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I will have everything all backed up on tape, but I have a lot of clips that I reuse over and over, so those will be on the hard drive for easy access.

As a follow up, how much SD video for DVD would fit on 1 TB? Ballpark...
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Old February 3rd, 2008, 10:35 AM   #7
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I will have everything all backed up on tape, but I have a lot of clips that I reuse over and over, so those will be on the hard drive for easy access.

As a follow up, how much SD video for DVD would fit on 1 TB? Ballpark...
Depends on how much the DVD material is compressed. A single sided DVD holds about 4.3GB and a typical retail DVD has perhaps 2 hours of material. On 1TB, you'd get about 1TB / 4.3GB x 2 hours = 465 hours. So a reasonable ballpark would be 400 - 500 hours. But it depends on the amount of compression (i.e., the bitrate).

If you know the bitrate (in Mbps) for your typical material, then the ballpark would be:

(2222 / bitrate) hours
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