I have a friend who asked me to convert his old hi8 tapes to blu rays for archiving. He gave me 20 tapes about 50-80% full.These videos are just your classic home-videos (wedding, vacations, kids, etc.) shot on hi8 tapes. Nothing fancy.
I plan on buying a 500 gb external drive and capturing to that, then converting and burning the captured files to blu rays (using Sony DVD Architect Pro 5.2). This way, I can give him the external drive with the digital files as a spare to the blu rays. I'm using one of those video-capture-usb tools and connecting to the camera through a composite out.
I captured one tape already as a .avi
It came out as about 1.8 GB, Codec xvid mpeg-4, 640-480, at 29.97 framerate.
I want to fit as many tapes as possible on the blu rays without noticeable quality loss. Any insight on if/what I should compress these to before burning?