I'm using a Sony HDR CX550V on a Mac, recording in Standard Def, and I'd like to take the MPEG-2 files from my camera and back them up onto my external firewire drive before importing to Premiere.
When I mount the camera's internal drive, a bunch of different folders come up (see screenshot below).
A couple of questions: 1. Am I okay to just copy the movie files (for example M2U00001.MPG) or do they require other files in the directory in order to function properly? i.e. are the MPG files self-contained or do they reference other files like AVCHD does? 2. If I am okay to just backup the MPG files, am I also okay to swap them between a Mac and PC? 3. Any other common mistakes I should watch out for to avoid corrupting my data? Lessons learned / online guides would be much appreciated.
My project requires that I go to a tapeless workflow and I'm worried about losing any data Thanks again for any and all advice.