Here at Easy Edit Video, we get numerous questions every week pertaining to VHS tapes, video production and the editing process. Having been in the business for more than 20 years, we know that many people trust us with their questions and that is something we take very seriously. One of the reasons we have been in the business so long is that we have grown and changed with the times. As new technology emerges, we are the first to embrace it! Recently, one of the most frequently asked questions we get has been all about format. Not a day goes by that we are not asked “which is better, DVD or USB?”. The answer we give is, of course, “it depends.” On the surface, that may seem like an unhelpful answer, but in truth it opens the door for us to ask our clients questions and find out what would work best for them. Just as every person is different, so is every job we do and we want to make sure that your order is exactly the way you want it. So which is the right format for you? Let’s take a closer look at DVD and USB.
DVDs are often confused with CDs as they look exactly the same, however, they are quite different. CDs are used to hold music and files, such as pictures or document images, that can be viewed on your computer. DVDs can also be used for this purpose but are mainly used for video. DVDs are great for storing video long term as they are not as sensitive to light, heat and moisture like traditional film. If you treat your DVD right and do not scratch it or mishandle it, it is possible for your DVD to last for 100 years! Most people, young and old, have a DVD player, so if you are transferring a VHS tape or 8mm film as a gift, DVD might be the way to go. One drawback to having your film transferred to DVD is that once the DVD is burned, you can not edit the film… what you see is what you get!
USB drives, also called thumb or jump drives, can hold many different kinds of files, including video. You can access the files from your computer or even your smart TV. USB drives are a great way to store a ton of information and files in a portable format. With your films on a USB drive, they are easy to share and can be uploaded to any computer with a USB port. Most companies and businesses prefer USB video files as they are much easier to upload and share via email. Small and portable, your USB drive can travel with you anywhere. Finally, video files on a USB can easily be edited with numerous editing software packages available to the public.
So now we return to the original question, which is the right one for you? do you plan on sharing your video in an email or with co-workers? Do you plan on editing the video? Do you need the video in an easy to carry form? If you answered yes to these questions, then a USB drive might be best for you.
Do you want to watch your films on your TV but you’re not sure if it’s a Smart TV? Do you plan on storing your video for many years? Are you giving the film to someone as a gift? Then a DVD just might be the ticket!
These are just a few examples of the differences between DVD and USB as there are many more, but these are the first few questions to consider. Still not sure? Give us a call at (904) 730-9999 or stop by and have a chat, we would be happy to assist you!