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Mark Raudonis
Re: What is the benefit of XDCam versus straight hard drive?
on Dec 18, 2015 at 7:11:04 pm
Last Edited By Mark Raudonis on Dec 18, 2015 at 7:17:35 pm

As usual, Mr. Phillips answers the question quite thoroughly.

I would only add that the future trend for ALL acquisition formats is AWAY from XDCAM type discs and TOWARDS file based formats recorded to a memory chip. Therefore, if you're contemplating making a change, you may want to skip "step #4" and think about "step #5", which is chip based media. The workflow for that would be to copy your camera chips to shared media and transcode to an Avid friendly format... or not and just use AMA. There's too many variables to suggest a specific best practice, but
be aware that XDCAM disc may go the way of the dinosaur.

You asked "what is the advantage" to Xdcam disc. One advantage is that you can box up all of the original source discs and turn them over to a network as a required "deliverable" element. For chip based media you'd have to hand over a drive (if acceptable) or LTO tape back up. Depending on the size of your media pool, this can be a BIG deal, and tilts in favor of XDCAM disc.

Good luck.



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