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Old March 18th, 2010, 12:03 PM   #1
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DV or FTP?

I am working with someone on creating some short 1 minute clips for the web. What would be the best way for them to get the footage to me? Should I have them mail me the Tape or upload it to a server and have me download it? I am about an hour from them so its a little difficult to drive out there and pick it up.

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Old March 18th, 2010, 12:49 PM   #2
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Best method is always to start with the original. So if they can mail you the tapes, I would go for that (ship them in a larger box with packing peanuts). FTP is possible if you are in a crunch, Filezilla works great for that. Be sure to send the raw .mpeg or .avi file. Keep in mind a 63 minute DV tape is usually around 10GB.

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Old March 18th, 2010, 04:53 PM   #3
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Both methods work fine, I've used them both myself. If you go for ftp, you will need a web server and a very fast internet connection on both sides, especially uploading is much slower as ISPs only provide a fraction of the download speed as upload speed, the tipycal DSL is usually 4-6Mbps down but only 384 or 768 Kbps up.
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Old March 18th, 2010, 05:21 PM   #4
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He said he would like to keep the original tape so FTP is looking like that may be the way of transfer. I do have Filezilla and access to his web server (I am his webmaster).

Do you know of any programs where you can cut the raw footage into smaller maybe 15-20 minute clips but still retain 95% of the quality? These will most likely be uploaded to youtube so they do not need to be DVD quality but that would definitely be ideal.

"Keep in mind a 63 minute DV tape is usually around 10GB." That also applies to SD?

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Old March 18th, 2010, 08:10 PM   #5
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Yes, actually it's more like 13 GB. Doesn't matter if it's DV or HDV, same amount of data, just different compression type.

You can try WinRar - can cut it up in whatever size pieces you want.
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Old March 18th, 2010, 09:01 PM   #6
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Hi...........

If whomever has access to two cameras, he/ she can copy the original to the second camera using Firewire.

They get to keep the original, you get mailed the identical copy.

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Old March 18th, 2010, 09:41 PM   #7
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"You can try WinRar - can cut it up in whatever size pieces you want. "
I use WinRar for any basic compression that I need, but are you saying that you can cut the footage in WinRar?

If not, do you happen to know of any programs that I can try and also refer to him?

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Old March 19th, 2010, 12:57 AM   #8
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If it's DV, have that person capture it and put it on a small portable hard drive or a large USB thumb drive.

Capturing from tape is essentially a simple data transfer from tape to the HDD. So there's no loss. Your production partner gets to keep the original tapes and you get a duplicate. It will also serve as a backup should something happen to the tapes.
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Old March 19th, 2010, 06:59 AM   #9
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No, this is NOT video editing. WinRar will cut up large data files into small pieces - useful for FTP transfer. If the transfer gets interrupted, you don't have to start all over, you just start from where it got stopped. I used this method for tranferring 4-5GB mpeg files (a weekly one hour TV show) from here to a TV station over in Eastern Europe for two years - that's about 100 times, worked very well.

On the receiving end the small pieces are re-combined into the original file.
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Old March 19th, 2010, 02:46 PM   #10
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WinRAR can break large files into smaller files. Video footage is just a file. Once recombined, you will have a bit-for-bit exact copy of the original file.
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