Video Back up

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It was time to back up videos I’ve collected the past few years. My computer gets a fresh back up every few months. It’s not an auto back up. I just do it myself using Seagate’s software and hard drives. The computer has 6-1T drives, and two of the six were empty until the Canon video cameras cam along. Now there are three copies of videos

A Drobo was used to store wedding photos, and since that business is closed I pulled those hard drives out of storage, formatted them, and spent two days copying videos.

A dock is used for those internal HD’s and I don’t use the Drobo anymore. The docking unit allows you to plug in a internal hard drive. It’s good for occasional back up but not stable enough to leave plugged in and use all the time. Dell shipped some hard drives I ordered, in this box years ago. This packaging works well for storage and protection.iPodT_HD and dock

I found this metal container somewhere and use it to store cables for the back up hard drives (Seagate and One-click)iPodT_cable holder2

Back up for 6 hard drives uses lots of HD space, so a Clickfree 1T, two 2T Seagate (USB 2.0), one 4T Seagate Free agent GoFlex (USB 3.0) are used for the normal computer back up. I keep them handy in my office with the cable container, and two other shoe box size clear plastic boxes for misc cbles, and the back up drive for Time Machine (Mac Book Pro).iPodT_HD shelfTime Machine back up drive for Mac. This Seagate has a docking unit for various cable uses. If I want to copy files from the Windows computer to the Mac computer, I use the USB 3.0 adapter on the PC, and the Firewire 400 adapter when transferring to the Mac.iPodT_dockable HDiPodT_mac drive

And where would system back up hard drives be without their trusty cable ties? After finishing two rolls of Velcro 1″x 12′ One-Wrap® Tie Rolls at $10/roll, I found an alternative: Rip Tie 1/2″

It’s not my favorite (The rip-tie wraps are thinner than the Velcro and not as wide). But at under $15 for 75′, I’ll compromise. The price seems to have gone up anyway, and I don’t see the 1″ widthiPodT_cable ties.



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Cameras are ready for an interview for the current project. Two Canon Vixia camcorders, two lights with light stands, two tripods.

EQUIPMENT: Canon Vixia camcorders-HF M50 and M500. The M50 has a 8GB hard drive, the M500 uses SD cards only, no internal storage.

LED video lights-Vidpro Varicolor 144, Vidpro K120.

Zoom H2N recorder for two system sound, and a Rode SVM microphone on the camera accessory shoe ( Pearstone CSA-II Shoe Adapter) for better quality sound.

WHAT I LEARNED: I need a lavalier mic to reduce room echo. Just when I thought I was ready for this 😦

The two lights were nice to have. When I have the time, I’ll upload the video I shot and add it to the post. (Don’t hold your breath. I need to finish several things before I have time for that). Sorry.Image

DVD Burning

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My attempt at DVD burning with Premiere Pro v6 was several days of failed DVD’s. 12 of them to be exact. The DVD burned alright but the resolution was so bad the faces were blurs and the text had jaggies from pixel edges. I worked on this for a total of about 4 days. While on the Adobe site looking for my issue, the chat screen appeared and the REAL troubleshooting began.

Adobe online chat took over 2.5 hours before we had a good DVD burn result.  I’m so happy I thought to set up my Canon Vixia camcorder and video the chat. The Adobe helper took control of my computer, and we communicated using Notepad from my computer. When I had a question, I had to type it and wait for him to notice since me (My taking control of the mouse lead to confusion). For me it wasn’t the best way to remember how to repeat if, but if I didn’t record his moves, I would just be chatting again the next day when my first attempt failed again.

To repeat the success on my own I opened the chat recording, found the successful burn procedure, copied the video to the clipboard…closed Premiere Pro, reopened it>navigated to the show I needed to burn>opened it. After it loaded completely I went to…edit>new>sequence, then pasted the clipboard contents which put my burn procedure on the new sequence. Then I followed the procedure, making notes as I followed. SUCCESS! Now I have a procedure written down, and partially committed to memory.

Premiere Pro 6 DVD burn

Premiere Pro 6 DVD burn



Transcoding stage of DVD burning a 46:00 movie

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Premiere Pro 6 Transcoding Progress


The DVD burning process is challenging me, but I’ll get it eventually.

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