Understanding File-Based Media

There are many advanced video camcorders on the market today that offer file based media instead of the traditional tape-based media storage. File-based media is essentially a device used to store videos. Imagine you are recording a video using your camcorder minus the big videotape you normally insert in the recorder.

Types of File-Based Media Format

File-based media is quickly becoming the new choice in video recording because of the flexibility and accessibility it provides to users. With file-based media, you record your videos as files stored on a non-tape-based media. Some of the more common file-based media sources being used are optical discs, solid-state cards, flash cards and hard disks.

You also have several options if you want to dabble in using file-based media like the DVCPRO HD and AVC-Intra (which is the solid-state Panasonic P2 card or the AVCHD which has a hard disk, miniDVD, Secure Digital card and memory stick). The Sony XDCAM, XDCAM HD optical disc is also another choice as well as the XDCAM EX SxS memory card. If you prefer a hard disk, then you should get the Sony Video Disk Unit devices.

Transferring File-Based Media

Transferring file-based media is generally the same as transferring with tape-based media. However, there are a few advantages of using a file-based media. The process of transferring file-based media is much faster because you basically do not have to deal with going through a videotape.

To transfer a file-based media, all you need to do is hook up your device, like a camcorder, to your computer and transfer the media file to a video application like the Final Cut Pro using the Log and Transfer window.

With this application, you are given easy access to the file. You can also readily work on the files through your computer. The Log and Transfer window in the Final Cut Pro allows you to transfer whole volumes of video clips in one batch or transfer individual clips depending on your preference.

Advantages of a File-Based Media

When you use a file-based media, you are given flexibility to your video recording, editing and transmission. A file-based media allows you to log clips while capturing others all at the same time, which is a difficult feat for a tape-based media.

You will also find it easy when viewing or capturing a video or audio since there is no cuing or pre-roll time in a file-based media. You can also prepare multiple volumes at the same time.

File-based media provides easy editing and delivery of files to different media. You just plug in your device, and you can easily download it to your video editing application or even your computer. There is no need to convert the file.

The recording time of a file-based media is also more flexible since the length generally depends on the type of media you will use. A 32GB CompactFlash card can record up to 72 minutes of high definition video while a HVR-DR60 can record up to 2 hours of HDV. It is also largely due to this feature of the file-based media that users prefer this device instead of the tape-based media.

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