I honestly can’t count how many times I have captured all of the season 1 ROX episodes, but it’s been too many times. Between all the issues I’ve had, there isn’t really an exact source to point the blame to. I’ve had a hard drive crash, which put me to tears. I have some tapes that CATS made for me which have been in bad shape since the day I got them.
The hard drive crash made me seriously look for backup solutions and I found one. I created a backup server, which backs up my files to a mirrored raid. Should 1 drive fail, I can simply replace it and lose no data. The system has expandability for more hard drives in the future should I need them. The only item I haven’t done is off site or cloud backup, mainly due to the file size of video files.
For a while I was transferring video using a USB device, which worked well for a while but now leaves a video frame in places where they shouldn’t be. I think it’s a bandwidth issue. Now I’m transferring with a capture card, and haven’t seen any of the issues I had with the USB device.
As of right now I have over 600 gigabytes of files solely dedicated to ROX. Most of those are simply draft episodes which have been captured, but aren’t suitable for release. They are either missing one piece here or there, or just need fade effects added to the beginning and end.
That’s what I do. I’m not interpreting the original work, merely trying to make 1 good episode from a sea of bad ones. It’s not easy work. I go over each episode frame by frame and look for things such as heat damage (which has been the biggest issue thus far) y-axis video track issues and a plethora of audio issues.
Now the real work begins. I’m hoping to edit and render 1 episode a night. If I’m able to keep on this schedule I might be able to start DVD authoring within a month.