Tuesday, September 09, 2014

HD playback - how we did it a quarter of a century ago

In 1988 I went to a demo of HDVS in Studio 2 at Television Centre; the left-hand image shows the 1" uncompressed RGB recorders that ran around eight times the speed of regular C-Format videotape. On the right is current-model Blackmagic Hyperdeck Shuttle - a small HD/SD record/playback box that uses SSDs and can handle uncompressed, ProRes and Avid DNxHD. It's in pieces 'cause I'd just finished fixing it and was testing it. BUT, given that they are two-hundred quid you might wonder if they're worth fixing?! The Sony was definitely worth fixing as each machine came in at >£100K.

Makes me wonder what I'll be doing by the end of my career?!

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