What file format / editing software to use?

January 14, 2011 at 08:26:17
Specs: Windows XP, 2GHz 2GB
Want to rip load of old VHS tapes to disk + also some DVDs ... mainly just to hold and retrieve/view on PC. Questions incl:
What is the best target format in which to store them?
I understand large files are constrained to 1GB - if one file is larger, how do I ensure they play in uninterrupted sequenced format?
Is there any way of retaining Pause, FFW and FREW functions - or is this totally a function of the Player app?

Many TIA

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January 14, 2011 at 10:41:05
MPEG2 format would probably be good. You can get great quality and its the same format that DVD uses so if you wanted to put them on DVD later you wouldn't have to transcode them and lose quality.

Large files are not constrained to 1 gig, they can be as large as you want unless you are talking about VOB files. Those will be broken up into 1 gig files but will play contiguosly on a DVD. Be aware though that if you plan to store large files on a hard drive with a FAT32 file system, it will only accept files up to 4 gigs in size.

Pause FF and rewind are properties of the media player and have nothing to do with the files themselves.

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January 15, 2011 at 05:24:55
Many thanks, that's most helpful. Also the tip about FAT/NTFS as I'm looking at the poss of building my own Server based on fanless PC (e.g. Aleutia) with, say, 4 x 1TB disks.

If I may take advantage ......... any suggestions for (reasonable cost) Client device(s) to both access/play stored files and also browse the web and handle mails?

Thanks again

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January 17, 2011 at 09:11:30
As far as client devices go, maybe something along the lines of a laptop. You could store and watch videos, email, and surf the web.

Pretty much all of them come with WiFi these days, if you wanted to surf or email when your not near a WiFi spot you could get something like an air card which works on cell phone signals so as long as you had cell coverage you could connect to the Internet

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January 18, 2011 at 01:36:24
Many thanks both - very helpful. I'll certainly look at iFunia.
While I've got you here - what is your advice re the central Server.
Reading reviews of NAS offerings, most seem to have some kind of an issue or another. As I’m happy with hardware work, I c/would happily build low-power-PC-based server machine but – what software?? My software capabilities are limited, to say the least. Also, I’m confused by the myriad offerings and by such as DNLA, etc.

Any words of wisdom would be much appreciated.

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January 18, 2011 at 07:26:52
How many computers are you going to be serving to? Are you going to be a LAN based setup or are you sending out video files to the Internet ?

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January 18, 2011 at 10:24:29
Only serving two, poss three, stations from the server for 'play' only of files pre-loaded onto the server, with the ancillary requirement of the server to provide feedthru to the Net for browsing.
The network will be a hard-wired LAN - unfortunately, the stone and mortar walls are far to thick to allow wireless transmission.


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January 18, 2011 at 14:52:57
If you are only serving two or three computers you could probably get by with a workstation OS like XP Vista or Windows 7. As for a feedthrough to the Internet, you could setup FTP server software.

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January 19, 2011 at 02:25:41
Many thanks for the pointers. Very helpful indeed. Will do a bit more research now on options.
Thanks again
Best regards

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January 19, 2011 at 13:07:14
You're welcome

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