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File Interchange Handbook by Brad Gilmer

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Introduction

It was not long ago that the average computer had a 200 MB hard drive, a 50 MHz processor, and a connection to the outside world that consisted of either a 3.5” floppy disk or a 9,600 band modem. If the computer was connected to a network, which was rare, the network consisted of a simple hub operating at 10 Mbps. A single, large file transfer from one computer to another brought the entire network to its knees. In this environment, it seemed ridiculous to move a project from a video tape to a computer, where it could take at least 200 GB of storage. It was equally ridiculous to move film images to such a computer environment. There were a few digital film facilities, but they employed special computers and huge storage systems. ...

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