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Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by [email protected], Jul 3, 2008.

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  1. Guest

    Preserving our visual History and Data needs a robust format that will
    be around for years into the future. After looking at all the options
    digital Beta Tape as used by commercial TV Stations
    should be the foundation of all modern archives. trying to keep up
    with new technology is impossible for the purpose of archiving and has
    uncertain outcomes.
    We need a standard ASAP.
  2. Guest

    How many years? It's not a trivial question. Where I work we transfer
    off of 2" quadruplex for restoration and eventual transfer to DVD.
    Parts are an issue on 30+ year old machines. The tape absorbs moisture
    and gets sticky so we bake them at 135 F for 12 hours and - presto -
    they play fine again. The thing is, digital beta is already 15 years
    into its life and is beginning to fade as the HD machines get more
    work. Bottom line - WHATEVER you choose as an archive format will be a
    problem requiring transfer to newer formats as the media decays.

    My goofy pet idea is to convert to DVD but do not complete the
    manufacturing process. The 'rot' issues with optical media seem to be
    failures of the reflective laye but the data is encoded into the
    _length_ of the pits. So, stamp the discs but leave some discs un-
    plated so that they can be plated later for playback. Of course THAT
    format will also be replaced down the line. I've heard suggestions of
    storing digital data on B/W 35mm film which would look like noise. We
    KNOW the longevity of film as we have old film _now_.

  3. Jasen Betts

    Jasen Betts Guest

    Unplated they are very easily damaged, plate them with something inert like
    gold or platinum.

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