Transfer Home Movies to External Hard Drive FAQ

Video Transcript:

1. What is the benefit of transferring to a HD?
Hard drive transfer is for customers who plan to edit their videos. You get higher resolution files, and the files can work directly with their editing software. Files on DVDs – on the other hand – are compressed, that’s why you can fit 2 hours on a disc, plus you’ll need to rip/convert the files or most editing software can’t work with them.

2. How much space do I need?
Estimate 15 Gig per hour of video. Add up the total hours of your home movies, then multiply it by 15 gig. Same for film, pause the video right here to estimate the total time, then multiply the total hours by 15 Gig. Be generous in your estimate, hard drive space is so cheap now.

3. Who provides the hard drive?
You provide the hard drive. If you are bringing a used hard drive, make sure it’s empty, we don’t want to accidentally delete any of your files. We can also buy one for you, our prices are excellent because we buy so many of them.

4. What format will the video files be?
You tell us what you want. We can either format the drive for the Mac and give you Quicktime files, or we can format the drive for Windows, and give you AVI files. You must choose one or the other. Don’t be fooled by the box. That only means your drive can be formatted for either the Mac OR Windows, not both, unless you have special software.

5. Which costs more: HD transfer or DVD transfer?
Not counting the cost of the hard drive itself, if most of your tapes are under 1 hour, it will cost you the same to go to hard drive or DVDs. If most of your tapes are over 1 hour, hard drive transfer will cost more since hard drive pricing is per hour per tape. Call us for a more detailed estimate.

6. How to watch the video on the hard drive?
When you get back your hard drive, 1st thing you do is to pat yourself on the back because you digitized your tapes or film reels before they rotted. Connect your hard drive into your computer. When the hard drive icon shows up, double click to open the hard drive. You’ll see a folder with a name like this, that’s your unique job number. Your video files are in this folder. Each tape goes to its own video file. 6 tapes, 6 files. Film reels are spliced into 1-hour files. To watch the video, simply double click the video file to play the video.

7. How to edit the video ?
For most people, editing the video is the reason they chose to transfer to a hard drive. The most common video editing software is Apple’s iMovie and Windows Movie Maker. We’ve created tutorials for both, you can find them at our website.

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