This is my first post..
At my job I was recently given the task of coordinating the transfer of 10 years worth of videotaped education seminars (VHS) to DVD. Originally I asked our media vendor if we gave them a large hard drive or two, could they return a DVD copy as well as a copy of the video file saved to the drive. They said there were actually two different processes at work and that anything more that a strict DVD transfer would be very expensive.
So I wondered, when I get these transferred DVDs back from the vendor, can I simply copy the Video_TS Folders to our external drive for backup. I know this wouldn't be watchable video at this point, but would these copied Video_TS folders be able to be built back into a watchable video at some point, and what program would be used to do this? My reasoning for wanting to backup these DVDs as Video_TS Folders is that after going to all the trouble and expense of a VHS to DVD transfer, I do not want risk loosing my raw data if the DVD is lost.
In summary my questions are:
1. Will copying the Video_TS Folder from a DVD to an external drive be able to be recombined at some point into a watchable format?
2. What are examples of programs that could perform this?
3. Is there any other inexpensive/efficient way I should be thinking of in terms of backing these transfers up?
Thanks so much for any assistance!