Thanks very much for the answer. It was very helpful.
You're probably right about the S-VHS machine. I looked at the manuals and they seem to be printed in 1993. And yes, at the time I bought it, I heard that it was the same as a Panasonic machine. (Usually I'm wrong the other way; I think something happened four years ago, but actually it was 6 or 7
I will try the Hyffyuv or MPEG-2 for the VHS/Hi8. I have not actually counted the tapes and time, but I don't think harddisk cost should be any problem. I've just put in a new 2TB RAID1 in my server and it cost less than $ 200. I looks like the TB/$ rate has doubled in just about one year.
I have been fiddling with photo and video for a long time (mixed with several other hobbies). So far, I have mainly used the editing tools "off the shelf" without going into depth about codecs. Therefore, your infomation very useful to me.
And thus; more questions arise...................
After the Hi8 era, I switched to Mini-DV and most of my videos are in this format. Here, I have been editing the tapes in Premiere and put them back on tape again. And that has been a good method so far. But here also, it would be nice to have it stored on disk for easier access. Will the Huffyuv
or MPEG-2 be ok regarding quality for this conversion also?
Last year, I bought a harddisk based Sony HD camera (HDRXR500V) and also a Nikon D90 with the option to record HD video. This makes it even more necessary to process the recordings. I cannot just put a cassette in a drawer and forget about it for some years. The camera will be full in a short time. I guess HD recordings put greater quality demands on the codec? Any suggestions for this process?
The Nikon produces .avi files. Until recently, in my ignorance, I thought that avi also was a codec, but now I have learned that avi is just a container and that the data in it is coded with a codec (or uncompressed ??). Do you know what codec the Nikon uses?