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Old February 22nd, 2008, 07:46 AM   #1
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Archiving purpose codec

Hi everybody.
I'm trying to figure out a good codec for archiving all my footage.
Since i always store my tapes, what i want is a "what if everything goes wrong" file. Like i do with my photos. I always shoot Raw + Jpeg. If the raw file gets corrupted or lost, i always have a lower quality jpeg.
What would be the ideal format for video? Mpeg2? H264? Another format?
Remember this is only to ensure i have something if my tapes get bad.

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L.R.
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Old February 22nd, 2008, 12:18 PM   #2
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It sounds like size is your primary concern. With a variable bitrate and average rates around 4-6 Mbps for 720p, h.264 encoded by the x264 library is top of the class right now. The quality easily outstrips MPEG-2 at 18-24 Mbps, and even other h.264 encoders with almost twice the bitrate. The trade off is that there is a steep learning curve, the encoder settings have to be tuned just right, and it will be very slow and incompatible with Quicktime.
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Old February 22nd, 2008, 12:23 PM   #3
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I too would use H.264, since it is an ISO standard.
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Old February 22nd, 2008, 01:48 PM   #4
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Thanks guys.
I was thinking about making the conversion with Compressor or with Final Cut's media manager, so x264 would not be an option. What should be the bit-rate for the normal h-264?

Edit: Just found a x264 installer for quicktime, so it will be compatible with compressor at least. Any suggestion on the settings?
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Old February 22nd, 2008, 04:51 PM   #5
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After some tests, it seems that h-264 is really the way to go. Now i just need to find a nice way of indexing and browsing all the files.
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