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Old 31st January 2007, 05:57   #1  |  Link
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Disadvantages to extra-large .ts capture file sizes?

I'm very new to HDTV capture -- I've captured perhaps three programs so far. I've been reading around this forum for the past two weeks or so, and a question arises:

My MyHD card default setting is to capture a program in 2GB chunks. You can set a custom maximum file size in the configuration settings if one chooses. I haven't tried this yet. It just seems sort of clunky to me to have a one-hour program chopped up into four or five files. Even if I just load them all consecutively into DGIndex (as one would do for multiple VOB files ripped from a DVD), it seems like an unnecessary step.

Are most of you capturing in 2GB files? Is there any advantage to using this file size (apart from it being a manageable size if you wanted to burn the .ts files directly to a DVD to archive, something I don't intend to do)?

What might be the disadvantage, if any, to setting the max file size at, say, 10GB? This seems like the way to go, but I haven't started trying to compress and reencode any of these files to another format yet, so I don't know what problems might be encountered if I did go with much bigger files.
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Old 31st January 2007, 06:03   #2  |  Link
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As long as your file system is NTFS, it's just fine to have the bigger files. They default it to 2GB to allow for people that have FAT32 formatted disks. I don't even have a maximum for my captures via Dvico Fusion. It all goes into one file.
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Old 31st January 2007, 10:12   #3  |  Link
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I have a MYHD card and capture in 8GB segments. Easier for me to determine that I've recorded an hour long program.
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Old 1st February 2007, 00:37   #4  |  Link
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thanks. I couldn't see any problem, but then I have so little experience, I thought it best to ask.
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Old 1st February 2007, 00:46   #5  |  Link
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the only problem that i discover is that some programs cant handle files bigger 4gb
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Old 1st February 2007, 20:48   #6  |  Link
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I think I have my max filesize for MyHD set at 40Gb. I think I've only seen one or two recordings around 30Gb (movies of course, with commercials).

I import these w/no trouble to VideoReDo for editing.

The only reason I can imagine to record in smaller chunks is if you want to burn those chunks as-is to DVD or something.
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