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Video Capture, Backup and Editing - 4 questions

CNET Members which is the best video capture and editing software and equipment in your opinion? Windows XP Home Media Center Edition is my pc w/service pack 3.
I want to be able to download streaming videos from sites like vimeo, vodpod, youtube and google video edit them for playback and internet posting.
Price is a consideration.
Also what is the best storage or data back up system or process you would recommend? I recently had to wipe my harddrive and lost 125 hours of video research in the process. Is there a way to recover this from my harddrive?
And as i rebuild this library what would be the best way to safely store this somewhere in the event i get another virus that disables my pc?

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Just a note

It's a violation of youtube's TOS to download video's from them. And it clearly is a copyright violation if you edit them and publish the edited version.
No help here for that.

The best way to backup depends on the circumstances. 125 hours of video's would be a lot of DVD's to burn to. But a lot of upload time to webbased storage also. Maybe the best: 2 different external disks, stored at different locations.


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Sorry Kees.

Sorry for the duplication. I was typing as you were posting, Happy


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(NT) No problem, m8.
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Just a quick note

You mention downloading videos from YouTube and others. I don't know about the others but YouTube owns the videos they offer on their web site and so Copyright is an issue. Their Terms details the restrictions on copying and/or dowloading.

Note also that the same terms may prevent you publishing those same videos on the internet.

I suspect the other sites will have similar terms and restrictions, so your quest seems difficult to achieve right from the start.


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Everybody wants to be a lawyer

Listen i didnt need any responses regarding any legal mumbo jumbo. The question(s) were technical and consumer oriented. I didnt ask for legal advice. I asked about editing software and storage devices that anyone who answered this might consider a good choice.

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