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High Definition Cinematography, 3rd Edition by Paul Wheeler

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CHAPTER 8

Cost Implications

8.1 Savings

8.1.1 Origination Costs – Different Formats

When I wrote the first edition of this book things were simple – all I had to do was compare 35 and 16 mm film with HDCAM tape. Now things are not so straightforward. Some camera manufacturers are beginning to assume that tape is the least likely recording medium and that flash drives, hard disk recorders or even commercially available Compact Flash (CF) cards will be the chosen medium.

Solid-state devices or hard drives look attractive, for, once you have lifted the data from them they are reusable, but therein lies the rub. It is essential that those precious data which represent the producer’s total investment be lifted and stored with an incredible level of ...

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