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    DTV Transition Blog

    Well, I broke down and finally started writing my own blog. I'm blogging about the DTV Transition, mainly from a consumer point of view.
    Eric Adler (tonsofpcs) Chat at:
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    Visionary CLPTV's Avatar
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    FCC dictates bad plan

    Greeting Eric, Once upon a time, some really smart people thought that the consumer market place would benefit from access to a tool utilized by standard broadcast Radio operators, the tool, a simple rewinding Tape Cartrige .. commonly refered to as a Cart Tape, played by a Cart Machine!

    The public vesion of course, was the 8 Trac Tape craze, lasted less then a decade, made some people a lot of profits, and then died.......

    replaced by the cassette tape system, its self replaced by the CD..etc.

    Digital is just another capital expansion program, Fugi Corp has already discontinued production of Hi-def media materials, so any inventory of HD disc, or Tape is soon to be OBSOLETE... From just watching my beloved Hometown Team's Sunday broadcast from new york, I would rather deal with the 4 inch wide black line rolling through my picture, than watch pixelated desintigration and/or blackout signal lost, in the middle of a pass play. If that was advancement, seemingly better, I think I would rather stay with the old ways!

    Have been in Video production for Thirty years, watched formats come and go, the beta disc was a better idea, then dictated digital transmission!
    Personally feel that the Tech has not yet caught up with the desire, this is just a break-out effort to force the consumer to spend money on a not so better wheel. Shame on the whole bunch of them!


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    I would rather deal with the 4 inch wide black line rolling through my picture, than watch pixelated desintigration and/or blackout signal lost.
    I couldn't agree more. I'm a huge proponent of many analog technologies, as they do not suffer from the same issues as digital. That said, being in the industry, I need to adapt faster than most and keep adapting.
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    Administrator Dave's Avatar
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    Coincidentally I've just been working on an AVCHD video file, trying to render it from Sony Vegas into something more edit-friendly. I've just finished cursing the number of hoops I have to jump through to try and make a simple edit these days. Remember the promise that digital video would finally solve the format compatibility issues? Bah

    Anyway, what I really wanted to say was good luck with the blog Eric. It sounds like you've been having some fun!
    Dave Owen

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    I don't care if it's digital or analog, a few decks, a switcher, and an edit controller is still a lot faster than ingesting, editing, and outputting.
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    Hahaha... I wish the manufacturers are listening... sadly with the advent of something new, something old gotta go...

    Keep writing, Eric.
    There's no bad camera, just a bad user
    Loong . Singapore

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    Well, I've been planning something that I'm sure those who agree with me would like, unfortunately I lack the programming expertise to make it happen... Anyway, I have yet to even scratch the surface of this DTV Transition and the issues behind it, hopefully I keep up with this and provide useful content to the masses. Unfortunately, those who need to know most about the transition are the same who don't use the internet.
    Eric Adler (tonsofpcs) Chat at:
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    Hi Guys

    Sadly I agree with you. I have heard many tales of woe from those who have delightedly bought a Canon HF100 for "only $1100" and then have found out that their P4 computer needs an upgrade to a quad core and a massive video card just to handle the AVCHD format alone. They then discover that a 30min HD file rendered to SD takes about 12 hours...and that's really a back to square one situation unless you have a HUGE HD TV. Going to 1980x1080 HD, then needs a Bluray burner, blank disks at around $25 a pop and then to watch the cursed thing you need to buy a Bluray player and an HD Plasma or LCD TV.

    Also for those who are used to the $5 for a MiniDV tape suddenly find out that Class6 SD cards for their camera cost $300 or more for a decent size!!

    "Upgrading" to HD is far more than just buying a new camcorder ..for now I'm content with my "obselete" gear!!!


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    Ha... on quad-cores... here's something to think about... although manufacturers are urging users to move on to Quad-cores or 8-cores, most of the current software technology really just support and performs their best on a duo-core... For instance, Adobe CS3.3 does not utilize a quad-core chip! And it is only with CS4 that this will change... To prove the point, I have upgraded enough stuff to be HD ready, but I am still sticking to SD.

    Technology (hardware) is moving up so fast and software developers are finding it really hard to catch up. Imagine the tonnes of calculations required to program it! So don't be surprised if you purchase an editing software that is 'quad-core performance proven' but works just like a Windows Movie Maker...
    There's no bad camera, just a bad user
    Loong . Singapore


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