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  1. I have a massed many hours of footage over the last 4-5 years and I am now thinking about trying to sell some of it to help pay for that next big trip. (ok assume for now that any of it is worth selling :wink: ) Now I realize that many of you are also selling your footage and might not want to give away your hard earned knowledge and contact information and I can understand that. But any advice on the types of companies that might be looking to purchase underwater footage (mostly fish and reef stuff) and how one might go about promoting oneself to them would be appreciated.
  2. Ok - so we should keep the masters (BTW CamDiver - good story), but ts my understanding that even the highest quality tapes have a limited shelf life. Something to do with the nature of magnetic storage. So when I get to my second or third decade are those first tapes going to be of any use? Also, 15 years from now, will technology have moved on such that the camera and editing equipment at that time are no longer compatible with those old Mini DV tapes (who knows maybe we'll have support for MicroDV by then ) Others have suggested buring to DVD, but you get less than 1 hr of lossless footage on a 4.7GB DVD. Also what about cataloging your 'mountains of tapes', I've only been at this for 4-5 years part time and on vacations, but I have enough footage that finding a particular scene would be problematic. For example - trip to Chuuk resulted in 15 x 1hr DV tapes, I label each tape with the date and keep a log of the dives done on that date. However, this only tells me Aug 8th Fujikawa and Shinkoku, not 'clownfish doing X, Y and Z in amemome xxx. It seems the digital photo boom has resulted in many reasonably priced photo album / catalogin programs - but I am not aware of any for digital video. Any thoughts on cataloging scences from the raw footage?
  3. Anyone got any thoughts on long term archiving of your digital video materials and editing projects. For example; does everyone keep all orginal (raw) footage, or once the project is completed do you just keep the final cut. Either way what format do you use for archiving - DV Tape, DVD, Hard Disk or other? In the past I have discarded all the raw material and editing project files once the final cut was complete. However, this was mainly because of the high cost of tape (hey - I only do this for fun 8) ). But recently I have been looking into submitting some footage to competitions and to try to make a little money - and (sigh :!: ) wish I had keep some of the orginal material.
  4. I am not sure matching the camera and tape brand really matters - after all don't Sony, JVC, Panasonic etc. all purchase bulk tape from the same sources :?: . Maybe I am cynical but I don't see Sony having a tape manufacturing facility when that can purchase and re-brand from TDK, Fuji, Memorex etc. That said I have tried to stick to the same brand for all my cameras, thats Sony (yeah kinda dumb after my ealier comments I know :!: ). Just they were the first brand I bought in bulk and have always worked fine with a <0.5% failure ratio.
  5. Assuming this thread is still active. I have had my TRV-900 in an Amphibico Navigator housing for about 4 years now. I generally start most shots in full auto. Adjustments I tend to make are to switch to manual focus for close-up (not macro) and shots with a lot of sea snot in the frame (the auto focus tends to hunt). The other option my housing offers in a flip down interal filter. This is typically fitted with a red filter. I have replaced this with a x2 diopter (I use an external red filter). This diopter allows me to flip in x2 magnification when shooting closeup. Of course this is no substitute for exchangable wet lenses. I always shoot with the ND filter off. After discussions with a couple of notable 'pros' I have experimented with manual white balance, but have found this diffcult on open reefs where the amount of light can change second by second depending on wave action, clouds and the angle at which you are shooting. However, on deeper or closed shots I have found this very useful. I tend to use the sand or some other natural source for my reference white and make modifications visually to conpensate - some people have recommended using a white slate but I find most shots are 'washed out' when I do this.
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