When I am done, and after I buy the new 20" G5 iMac (out today!), I
will begin producing DVDs from edits of the mini-DV tapes. In about 6
years, when 100 terabyte stores with offsite affordable backup become
commonplace, I expect to create server archives of lossless output from
the mini-DV tapes.
I will, of course, retain my original analog tapes and I will retain
the mini-DV tapes. Both will be stored offsite with copies of the DVDs.
I've considered a safe in my garage, but temperatures will vary from
-30F to 100F. Probably not good!
Are there environmental conditions that will extend the shelf-life of
magnetic media? I'm not hoping for 100 year lifetimes (not feasible
sadly), but I'd like to get 10 years of storage on the mini-DV tapes
and as long as possible on the Hi8s (some of those are 7 years old
meta: jfaughnan, jgfaughnan, videotape, camcorder, archive, backup,
storate, environmental control, lifespan, longevity
PS. Before posting this I searched the usenet archives on this topic. I
didn't see a recent posting, but this is a good discussion on archiving
to DVD and alternatives:
If you want to keep copies of them off-site for protection against
fire loss, you might have a trusted friend loan you part of a drawer and
you could return the favor. Unless both your houses burn on the same
day, you should be covered. I've got copies of half a dozen very
important productions stored at the houses of two friends. I put them
in ziplock bags and prefer to seal them on dry summertime days.
I have a basic "Sentry" brand box I use for really precious documents (and
rings... "preeeeecccciousssss..."). They have ones designed for safe storage
of magnetic media during a fire, like floppies and tapes. (other boxes may
get too hot inside and the media may melt)
"Steve McDonald" <bigroc...@webtv.net> wrote in message
1. Purchase fire-proof Sentry brand box and place dessicant packs
2. Store Hi-8 cassettes stacked on edge.
3. Consider sealing in baggies on a very dry day.
4. Store box at the home of a friend or family member in a main air
conditioned living area.
5. Attach the location of the items as an addendum to one's will and
I think the trick with a friend is they have to be a pretty darned good
friend, but I doubt there's an affordable commercial climate controlled
offsite alertnative. If one lived in San Diego the garage might be a
good option; but Minnesota garage climate can be fierce.
PS. I liked CJ's "preeeecccciouusss".
meta: jfaughan, archive, storage, video
Something wrong with a safe deposit box at a bank?
We do have a safety deposit box, but it's not large and it's pretty
full of documents, etc. Banks in our area are mostly trying to get out
of the SD business -- it's just a hassle for them. The boxes aren't
expensive, but they're pretty small and very hard to get. Our tapes
wouldn't fit. Still, it's been a while since I checked for a larger box
and it is worth checking again. Thanks!
You could use DVD's instead of mini-DV. They might take less space.