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EricBall

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A decade or so ago I bought a Hi8 camcorder. With it my wife and I have shot the usual assortment of home movies. Now my wife wants to use iMovie to change those tapes into DVDs. (Probably not a bad idea - before those tapes start dying.). These days we use the movie capability of my wife's Canon S3 instead of the camcorder. Of course, getting from point A to B isn't a simple process. The first step is to use the capture card in my old PC to make an AVI using HuffYUV lossless compression. This gets saved to a internal drive with 60GB free. Even with this much space it can only hold 90 minutes. Although HuffYUV is great for capturing video, iMovie is fairly picky on what video formats it will import. So the next step is to use ffmpeg to convert the AVI to DV and write it to a 60GB NTFS partition on an external USB drive. This is a time consuming process and converting the 90 minutes capture takes over 3.5 hours. Because DV is compressed the drive will hold 4.5 hours. Then she can connect the external drive to her MacBook and import the DV file into iMovie, which copies it to a second 60GB partition on the external drive - this one HFS formatted. (Although I'm going to repartition the drive since the NTFS partition only needs to hold 90 minutes.) Keeping everything on the external drive means she's not filling up her MacBook (and the TimeMachine backup) with video. The size of these files is mind boggling to someone who started on 64k computers and 20MB hard drives. I first had the external drive formatted FAT32, but then the DV files were limited to 4GB or a little over 18 minutes. Older versions of iMovie were limited to 2GB or 9 minutes per clip.

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The size of these files is mind boggling to someone who started on 64k computers and 20MB hard drives.
wow, so much room! my first computer had 5K RAM and a tape drive :ponder:

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The size of these files is mind boggling to someone who started on 64k computers and 20MB hard drives.
wow, so much room! my first computer had 5K RAM and a tape drive :ponder:
The first computer I played with was the Apple ][+, which I think topped out at 48K. My first computer was a 32K CoCo which was later upgraded to 64K. The Apple ][+ (and the Compaq my Dad occasionally brough home from work) used floppy disks. The CoCo, however, used cassette tapes.The 20MB hard drive didn't come until much later. In university I helped a friend back up his 20MB hard disk to a huge number of 360KB floppies. Nowdays the only sane way to back up a hard drive is to another hard drive.

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My first computer was the 130XE, which had ~128K RAM and used...hm. I cannot remember how much room is on a 5.25" floppy that the 1050 reads. Anyway, not much. Times are different!

 

The crazy thing is how fast things are still changing. I bought a 128 MB flash drive about 5 years ago, on sale for $6; it was small for the time. Now I see ads for 4 GB flash drives for the same price! I grew up with fast technology change (born in 1977) and I'm still amazed that for the same, nominal price, you can get 30x as much memory as you did just a few years ago, in the same tiny form factor.

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My first computer was the 130XE, which had ~128K RAM and used...hm. I cannot remember how much room is on a 5.25" floppy that the 1050 reads. Anyway, not much. Times are different!
In Enhanced Density mode the 1050 could store 128K per side. (40 tracks, 26 sectors per track, 128 bytes per sector)

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