First and foremost, the info on this site while confusing at times has been invaluable in getting me this far.
1. Create a hard disk archive copy of home movies spanning 40 years (VHS, 8mm, Hi8, DV)
2. Create a high-quality streaming version to be used with home media center (PLEX, MrMC, Infuse with ATV4 or Nvidia Shield 4k) The streaming will be done over the local network.
I'm in the process of archiving to meet goal 1 using the recommended VirtualDub
AVI settings guide using a quality camcorder with SVHS->AVT-8710->AIW 9600 AGP->Windows XP Workstation. This setup has worked very well to this point and I think I have a solid archive copy of my originals.
Next thing I would like to do is split these files into individual events making it easier to find, and watch, what you're looking for.
Question 1: Is it recommended to go ahead and split the AVI files or convert to another format then split? I'm leaning towards splitting the AVI files then convert those files into a streamable friendly format.
When it comes to meeting Goal 2, creating a high-quality streaming version, I need some advice. Although my media server setup is capable of streaming the archive AVI files, I would like to recode to save hard drive space and bandwidth should I decide to stream over the internet.
Question 2: I know this is a loaded question but what format would retain the most quality while reducing the file size for a local streaming environment?
I was thinking about going with LS's MPEG-2 Broadcast Specs. That would give me a solid watchable copy yet retain the original AVI files for future editing if needed.