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Assuming DVD quality would be enough, you may consider archiving 720p mpeg-4 files with a bitrate of 2 Mbits, which would equate roughly to 1 hour = 1 GB data. That would mean 27,000 hours = 27,000 GB = 27 Terabytes. So you need to consider a 50 TB storage system (including redundancy and overhead) and a tape backup system as well (LTO-6 has an uncompressed ...


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There are lots of things to consider before committing to an operation of this size, but there is also an imperative to act quickly. Given that it's SP Betacam and Umatic the tapes are probably beginning to reach the end of their playable life. In a decade they may all be paperweights. A good place to start is the U.S. Federal Agencies Digitization ...


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The quality of the image is a big part of why film has been preferred for so long. This Wikipedia article (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_versus_film_photography) really outlines well the technical advantages. However, you asked about favoritism between the two formats. I think another consideration is cost, familiarity, and accessibility. When I got ...


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For that kind of quantity, you probably want to look in to a robotic solution that can load and transfer tapes unattended in to a cataloged system. Doing a quick search showed SAMMA as one promising option. I don't have any direct experience with this particular kind of problem, but I can't imagine that manual tape loading or buying an entire robotic ...


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Quite simply, the quality of digital only recently overtook film. Film is capable of capturing both high resolution (due to it's large size) and high dynamic range (due to it's chemistry). It allowed for very high quality images captured very quickly which was ideal for the film industry. Early in the development of high end digital cameras, the primary ...


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The digital chain has so many advantages unrelated to quality that as soon as it reached a 'good enough' level for capture the playing field tilted for good in its favor. And of course it didn't stop improving at 'good enough'. As a taking medium, celluloid film still has the sort of hard-to-define characteristics that make some pine for vinyl music. But ...


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Film may have better long-term archival stability. For theatrical exhibition, 35mm film still has a more uniform distribution and exhibition system outside the US and Europe. People like Chris Nolan prefer to use film because there aren't any widely-available digital processess that can do an IMAX-style presentation, with a huge negative area and screen. ...



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