Coming to Digital

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2006-07-17 Print this article Print

"These things just go day after day after day, and they take a lot of beating. But we've been very happy with the result," he said.

Coming to Digital

There is no question that all video on film or videotape for broadcast use eventually will be ingested into digital form, several sources told eWeek.

But the process is slow, and many of the old analog film and video systems now in place still work well enough despite their aging components. Broadcast executives are cognizant of making sure their networks and stations get their money's worth before upgrading systems, which are both costly and time-consuming to install.

"Surprisingly, more than half the news operations in television stations in the U.S., at least, are still using videotape on a day-to-day basis," said Sun StorageTek media and entertainment solutions manager Tom Inglefield in Louisville, Colo.

"They are slow to make the changeover to digital. Budgets have their effect, of course, but the writing's on the wall. Videotape and film will disintegrate over time, and content will be lost."

In years gone by, much historic film footage from the early days of Hollywood and from newsreels was lost due to degradation of old film, poor storage and neglect.

Many classic movies have been restored by such archives as the UCLA Film Archive, the Smithsonian Institution, New York University, Carnegie-Mellon University and others, but there is much more to be done, Inglefield said.

"With these storage servers, nothing will ever be lost-or need to be restored-again," Inglefield said.

Storage by the numbers

50 to 60 percent: Rate at which data is accumulating for storage in the average business per year, according to Gartner Group

$20 billion: Estimated size of worldwide external disk storage market in 2006, according to IDC

$65 billion: Estimated size of worldwide external disk storage market in 2010, according to IDC

96 hours: Approximate amount of digital video that fills 1TB of storage, according to eWEEK reporting

25MB: Approximate amount of digital space that 1 second of high-definition video takes, according to eWEEK reporting

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Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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