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Graeme Nattress
Re: NO p2 for me! Forget it!
on Apr 4, 2005 at 6:51:01 am

As a stills photographer gone digital - does the memory "go wrong" and loose your pictures? It's certainly not happened here. As for XDCAM - it's neither tape nor solid state. It's an optical disc that would be quite fragile out of it's little carrier. It's nearly as mechanical as tape, and to me, looks reasonably suited for standard definition archiving, as it doesn't have the data rate for HD archiving. But why put one in a camera over tape?? It's advantages are slim at best. It's just a new way for Sony to sell a new "tape". It's not a format designed for aquisition, but a distribution format (blu ray) turned into something else by putting it in a caddy.

Carrying 30 or 40 of this XDCAM disks with you is hardly trivial. They only store, what is it, how many gigabytes? Hard drives are more compact, tape is more compact. Hard drives are faster, tape slower. XDCAM is not one thing or another, but a small stepping stone to "tapeless" acquisition. Why not go the whole way instead of putting your toe in the water??


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