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Organize and share home videos on computer

Post by runner9 » Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:03 am

I'm starting to transfer numerous old home videos my late FIL took on VHS and mini tapes to the computer. I have a process for that and am good there.

As I start I want to decide how to organize and share them with the family so I don't have to change everything mid stream.

Right now I'm thinking:

Name the video year-month-day and then short title, such as "20180621 runner9's birthday" for a birthday party taped today for me. This should put them in chronological order automatically.

I'm also planning a spreadsheet with this info and maybe who's in it. Some are my wife' immediate family, others are extended family.

For sharing I'm thinking to put on on youtube as unlisted, so they go to my account's channel? And or burn to a DVD as well?

I'm concerned with space on my computer as well, so long term storage needs a plan, hopefully redundant after I take so much time transferring them.

Suggestions and ideas appreciated. He took a LOT of videos and I'd like to save them before the video degrades too much.

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Re: Organize and share home videos on computer

Post by bob60014 » Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:26 am

Your sort process is similar to mine. Just back it all up to a external hard drive, 4tb are $100 or so, and keep in a safe place in case something happens. I never post to youtube or other online services. I just burn a dvd as needed, tho downloading to thumb drives is what I do now to give to people.

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Re: Organize and share home videos on computer

Post by dsmclone » Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:54 am

I would use the Youtube and external drive solution. Your naming convention seems to make sense.

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Re: Organize and share home videos on computer

Post by ncgenx » Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:46 pm

Depends on how secure you want the videos to be. Youtube is free to upload for now. There are size limits. You can have it unlisted where people have to have the URL although hackers and such probably randomly do go to those. Just to see what all is unlisted. There are plenty of other sites probably Along with Amazon. Some of the NAS devices have "Cloud Apps" built in. Such as QNAP and I think Western Digital has it as well. The hard part with that is you would need to either purchase a static IP which can be around 100-120 a month (that includes the actual internet costs). Alternatively you could pay for Dynamic DNS. Not sure the current rate for that.
I would probably look around reddit. I'm sure there is a subreddit with people who could give you more information then you could ever imagine. there is even a sub reddit to help you find subreddits. If you need that link let me know.

The biggest thing I would be to make sure the retrieval is easy for people that are not technical savvy. That's what makes youtube so nice. If you burn it to DVD/Blue Ray make sure you test this in various players. Also there is a lifetime for these devices. Nothing last forever and DVD and Blue Rays are actually only good for something like 5-10 years.

Make sure you make MULTIPLE copies, test those copies. And most importantly keep one copy offsite. A friend or family members house, a climate control unit, work, doesn't matter just do not keep all copies in your house. And "Fire safes" are only good for a few hours of high temperature. So don't count on those protecting your electronic media.

TLDR: would recommend checking around reddit. Keep copies and backup offsite. Blue-Ray/DVD's have a lifetime so keep that in mind. Those would be my big recommendations.

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Re: Organize and share home videos on computer (Storing a lot of videos)

Post by runner9 » Sun Jun 24, 2018 6:45 am

ncgenx wrote:
Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:46 pm

TLDR: would recommend checking around reddit. Keep copies and backup offsite. Blue-Ray/DVD's have a lifetime so keep that in mind. Those would be my big recommendations.
Thanks, I've looked around reddit a bit with no luck so far. Any links appreciated.

Here's where I'm at:

I can get the VHS video onto the computer, no problem. I then want to cut the completely different dates that were recorded on the same tape into separate files. I can easily split the video in Window Movie Maker but then it takes forever to save the new, smaller section (a 20 minute video takes 30 minutes to save) and during that time I can't do any additional cutting. I've looked online and tried a couple of other free programs without any success. I only want to cut, I don't want to do any fades, texts, etc--just cut.

I'm trying to figure out what to then do with all these videos to get them out of the computer. I've read that I can burn on a DVD-R 2 hours or 4 GB of video; that seems like a lot of DVDs.

I could put it on an external hard drive, but then what. I don't have a USB input on my television and I know my MIL doesn't either. We could use a new DVD player, but I haven't found one with a USB input (only USB outputs on portable ones)

I totally agree I need multiple copies in multiples places etc when I'm done. Right now I trying to find 1 single way to save them, other than on the computer.

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Re: Organize and share home videos on computer

Post by ncgenx » Sun Jun 24, 2018 6:52 am

Video Editing can be some of the most demanding CPU/GPU wise so make sure you have a relatively newer computer with a decent graphics card. The higher end the better for video editing. Here are some links I found on reddits. I listed the the subredit name, the link to the subreddit and some results that popped up for me. Hope this helps.

/r/techsupport https://www.reddit.com/r/techsupport

https://www.reddit.com/r/techsupport/co ... o_digital/

/r/VHS https://www.reddit.com/r/VHS

https://www.reddit.com/r/VHS/comments/4 ... ideo_file/

/r/VHS https://www.reddit.com/r/VHS

https://www.reddit.com/r/VHS/comments/6 ... vhs_tapes/

/r/CommercialAV https://www.reddit.com/r/CommercialAV

https://www.reddit.com/r/CommercialAV/c ... ital_best/

/r/VideoEditing https://www.reddit.com/r/VideoEditing

https://www.reddit.com/r/VideoEditing/c ... o_digital/

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Re: Organize and share home videos on computer (Storing a lot of videos)

Post by ncgenx » Sun Jun 24, 2018 6:58 am

runner9 wrote:
Sun Jun 24, 2018 6:45 am
ncgenx wrote:
Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:46 pm

TLDR: would recommend checking around reddit. Keep copies and backup offsite. Blue-Ray/DVD's have a lifetime so keep that in mind. Those would be my big recommendations.
Thanks, I've looked around reddit a bit with no luck so far. Any links appreciated.

Here's where I'm at:

I can get the VHS video onto the computer, no problem. I then want to cut the completely different dates that were recorded on the same tape into separate files. I can easily split the video in Window Movie Maker but then it takes forever to save the new, smaller section (a 20 minute video takes 30 minutes to save) and during that time I can't do any additional cutting. I've looked online and tried a couple of other free programs without any success. I only want to cut, I don't want to do any fades, texts, etc--just cut.

I'm trying to figure out what to then do with all these videos to get them out of the computer. I've read that I can burn on a DVD-R 2 hours or 4 GB of video; that seems like a lot of DVDs.

I could put it on an external hard drive, but then what. I don't have a USB input on my television and I know my MIL doesn't either. We could use a new DVD player, but I haven't found one with a USB input (only USB outputs on portable ones)

I totally agree I need multiple copies in multiples places etc when I'm done. Right now I trying to find 1 single way to save them, other than on the computer.
here are a few other links. Although it looks like /r/VHS is your best bet. You might post in that with your specifics. Some of the links I'm posting are a little older and software is always changing.

This is probably the best subreddit to post your question in. Sometimes they have a sticky post or things on the right that give you a format to ask your question for better results. I imagine they will want to know your O/S version, what PC model/CPU/GPU you have.

/r/VHS/ https://www.reddit.com/r/VHS/

But here are few other links that might help.

/r/videography https://www.reddit.com/r/videography

https://www.reddit.com/r/videography/co ... o_digital/

/r/VideoEditing https://www.reddit.com/r/VideoEditing

https://www.reddit.com/r/VideoEditing/c ... vhs_tapes/

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Re: Organize and share home videos on computer

Post by bob60014 » Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:19 am

As indicated, video processing is a memory/cpu usage hog. Keep in mind that conversions to other formats work well too. A great resource that I have used since late the '90's when I began vhs conversion and dvd movie ripping (for personal home use only!) is VideoHelp. They cover everything.
https://forum.videohelp.com

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Re: Organize and share home videos on computer

Post by pindevil » Sun Jun 24, 2018 11:53 am

Google photos will work great for organizing and sharing. Unlimited video storage (limited to 1080P resolution). Unlike YouTube it's Ad free. You can specify who has access.

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