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Let's talk about digital libraries of networks and TV shows and how they can pull stuff out in years to come and it not technically look like 'old video'.


For many years in the USA Betacam and BetacamSP were the standard professional video camera formats. They are analog formats and over time they do degrade in chroma and get 'softer'.

the miniDV format was launched in 1995 but not fully adopted until the late 1990s as they weren't deemed 'broadcast quality' in the US at the time.


Digital Betacam launched in 1993 and the United Kingdom picked it up in the mid 1990s and it became pretty much the industry standard in that PAL market for camera acquisition until just a few years ago when shows switched to HDCAM or XDCAM HD in the field.


Now some television news channels started using formats such as BetacamSX such as CNN in New York around 1998. The shows that did interviews with celebrities such as Entertainment Tonight were BetacamSP (4:3 aspect ratio) until September 2008 when they switched to high definition (using XDCAM HD and 16:9 aspect ratio). A show like ET does pull old interviews from their archive everytime a famous actor dies.


Sure hairstyles and clothing styles will date anything but I'm talking technical video quality.

By its very nature in design digital video tape formats look the same played back as when they were recorded to tape in the camera with no loss in visual quality.


In 10 years from now will people equate standard definition digital video as being old video or only analog video?

What is going to look very old in standard defintion? 4:3 aspect ratio or analog sourced video?
 
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