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Sholio ([personal profile] sholio) wrote2011-09-20 03:02 pm

To keep or not to keep

I'm cleaning up and backing up the hard drive on my main working computer today (it's a laptop, so this is always a ritual before taking it on a trip with me) and I'm contemplating my ever-growing folder of completed music videos. I tend to save everything, but I'm starting to wonder about the wisdom of taking up an ever-growing corner of my hard drive with old files for vids I completed years ago. I make my vids in iMovie, and the files are pretty large (generally 3-5 Gb each), plus all the clips that I saved too.

To toss or not to toss? The only reason I can think of for keeping them is that it would enable me to go back later and save/export them in a different format if I wanted to. It would also make it easier to remaster them with better footage, should I ever want to do that, but at this point the only ones that I have any vague desire to remaster are the really old ones, which I did in Premiere, and don't still have the files for anyway.

I'm reluctant to throw them away, and yet, the finished & exported versions are the important thing (the final MP4, WMVs, etc), and I'm definitely keeping those.

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[personal profile] ratcreature 2011-09-20 11:36 pm (UTC)(link)
I'd keep them, maybe not on the laptop but only in my external backup, but I wouldn't delete them completely. I keep old art files with a gazillion layers that are large (not like a vid but still) even though I also have a high resolution merged version and of course a screen resolution file saved, and it's very unlikely that I'd fiddle with them. One never knows though when it might me useful after all. and these days disk space is fairly cheap, even within my modest means.
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[personal profile] tessercat 2011-09-20 11:56 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm gonna go old school and suggest burning them onto neatly labelled DVDs and then filing them. :)
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[personal profile] rydra_wong 2011-09-21 06:55 am (UTC)(link)
Keep. I know enough vidders who've expressed regret at not keeping the old files and being able to export into different formats or re-master them. DVDs or using an old backup drive for permanent storage sound like excellent plans.