Originally Posted by Hugh Jardon
i purchased a replacement jvc hard disk cam corder a couple of weeks ago, best thing i have purchased in a while, very very simple and quick to transfer vid to pc in next to no time, no more dicking around with those 1 hr digital tapes.
Thats the way the industry is moving - broadcast HD cameras are now recording to solid state media. It makes editing much quicker, saves waiting for hours of tape to be transfered to computer.
The problem with harddisk and solid state recording is one of archiving. DV tapes will last for ages. Unless you've got a tape backup device for your computer, all solid state/HDD footage is likely to end up on DVD/CD, which is much less reliable than tape.
The broadcast industry is having the same problem - a DigiBeta tape is much easier to store than GB's worth of data stuck on some computer somewhere.