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Old 07-23-2016, 01:06 AM   #1
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Hello everyone. I am making a short film on HDV video. When finished, I want to export the final version on the best looking format there is. I do not have a blu ray burner, though. The camera I'm using is an HV20 hd mini dv video (old school, I know!). The camera's highest rez is 1080P. Since I don't have a blu ray burner (but I do have a player), I was thinking about sending footage to have burned to blu ray by a service company. Cheapest I've found is 30.00. Is it worth it? Or do flash drives have just as good quality? I've output some footage onto those and they do look sharper and nicer than standard DVDs. I just wanted to know before I blow 30 bucks (actually will be 40, after shipping, tax, I assume). I don't mind spending that, I just don't want to waste it if I can buy something cheaper and achieve the same result.
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If you willing to spend $40, then why not a few more and get a BR burner??

Here is a good start, http://www.newegg.com/Blu-Ray-Burner...ategory/ID-600

If you don't have the room in the computer then get an external drive.
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The flash drive will contain a clone of the original file. Therefore, it will be the same quality as the original. The reason to invest in a Blu-ray burner would be for compatibility of other people's equipment as copies may be more useful on disc.

If it is for backup, I'd prefer the flash drive or mini SD memory cards even.
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Is that all I need, an external burner? A special computer or anything? Good video card? I have a i5, its not a super computer or anything.
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Rbinck, would the blu Ray look better than the flash drive copy?
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Rbinck, would the blu Ray look better than the flash drive copy?
The copy on the flash drive will be an exact duplicate of the original, so it will look the same as the original. No better and no worse. On the other hand the Blu-ray will be re-encoded based on some bit rate determined by the Blu-ray authoring software and would have the possibility of looking worse than the original. The Blu-ray can never look better than the original when authored without some type of enhancement software, so imo, the flash drive copy would be the best copy.

Now whether you can see the difference on a TV between the two? I don't think you could unless the Blu-ray authoring software is set for a very low bit rate.
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Is that all I need, an external burner? A special computer or anything? Good video card? I have a i5, its not a super computer or anything.
Your PC will support a Blu-ray burner just fine. In fact an i5 could be considered overkill. But overkill is good.
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Flash drives are often used for the same purposes for which floppy disks or CDs were used, i.e., for storage, data back-up and transfer of computer files. Flash drives are typically removable and rewritable, and physically much smaller than an optical disc.
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