Tuesday, 1 January 2013

The End of the DVD?

As a household very much into films we have a big DVD collection and by big, I'm talking around about 1600. I had to convince hubby to let me ditch the boxes and just store them in media cases as the collection was taking over half the house! Currently the collection lives in two giant disk crates that are really heavy, ugly and  annoying. It takes forever to find anything and we've had to set up a database just so we could find a disk without an hour of searching. Half the time it's quicker to download a film than it is to find the original in the crate. DVD's are always getting scratched or damaged by the kids which is really annoying too. Books have gone digital, photos all digital, music digital and I really think it's time for DVD's to go digital too or at for us at least to have the option. The war between Blue Ray and HD DVD is still going on but I think ultimately a format that was excellent quality and digitally based will win out over both. There are systems to store digital media but I've not seen anything that could cope with the silly amount of films that we have, and those I have seen are really large and ugly. I wonder if compressing the files would get around this problem, but would that lose quality? Also it would take vast amount of time to rip all 1600 DVD's so maybe that's really a problem that can't be got around.

The technology does exist but needs to come down in price just a tad. This bad boy has 38.5tb of storage but is an eye watering £3,741.57..ouch. Maybe not the end of my DVD collection just yet then. If anyone has any ingenious solutions for storing DVD's I'd love to hear them!