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Greg Flowers
Re: Questions- Comments- Observations... Panasonic P2- and HDV
on Sep 16, 2005 at 9:59:14 pm

I believe the future will likely be some sort of tapeless storage system. I think it will be longer than just a few years before P2 cards, Memory sticks, Flash cards, etc. will be cheap enough, and hold enough data, to make tape completely obsolete. Current DV tapes cost $5 each and can hold an hour of footage. Solid state storage will have to become very cheap and store much more before it dethrowns tape as the primary cature/storage means for video. IMHO, I do not see this happening within 5 years. I think most companies will not abandon tape based HDV for many, many years. Some will likely add cameras to their lineup that may record to both tape and solid state in HDV. HDV is more analogous to dvd today than laserdisc, which was always just a niche item. Within a few years HD-DVD and Blue-Ray will peck away at dvd's market, but it will be a while before dvd is completely replaced. Remember, it took dvd 7-8 years for dvd to surpass VHS...


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