A move to a tapeless-based production is not an easy one but in the end should prove to be rather beneficial. Of course, no technology is without a downside. If you are on the fence about a move from tapes, this article is the perfect starting point.
Advantages of Tape Based Productions
Tapes have one big advantage that even today still shine through. Tapes are very durable. Some tape collections can be decades old and still work.
Disadvantages of Tape Based Productions
Degradation – Tape degrades over time and sometimes portions of the tape can be so badly degraded that the content is unrecoverable.
Storage – Tapes take up a lot of space and will fill shelves quickly. Depending upon how well the tapes were labeled, it can take a long time to find something. A constant updating of the library is essential.
Advantages of Tapeless Production
Stable recordings – If properly taken care of, digital media will not suffer from the sometimes-bizarre jittery behavior that can often occur when using tapes.
Reliability – Once recorded you can quickly make copies of what you shot on site. Often times once backed up elsewhere you can reuse the same cards and hard drives over and over again without loss of quality. Digital transfers do not degrade, no mater how many copies of the original are made.
File based recording – Files make indexing and retrieving a file easier. Naming of files is entirely personal and can be quickly changed.
John Devcic is a freelance writer and videographer.
Read “Weighing In on the Tapeless World” at VideoMaker.com.