(No, I don’t hate the Media with a capital M. I hate lower-case media. Things like tapes, CDs, and DVD-R/+R/RW/RAM/RW-/RW+.)
Our cat Frank died around Thanksgiving of last year of FIP, leaving his sister Emmy a little lonely. A few weeks ago we got another cat to keep Emmy company. This new kitten is only around 10 months old, and he’ll run around and chase anything. His air time and somersaults can be quite impressive, so I wanted to get a new video camera to record some of his antics before he gets older and slower.
After spending a day checking out video cameras, I’m dismayed at how many cameras shoot video to a format that will be hard to access in a few years. Why do video cameras still use tape? It reminds me of mainframes with those big round plastic circles whirring around. You know, like this:
Geez, it’s 2006 for pete’s sake–why should I be pulling tapes in and out of what is (for the most part) a computer? For a long time, I burned data onto CDs or DVDs or tapes. If you do that, you’re always looking for a pen or a label, or trying to find the right CD. Eventually I saw the light. The light is: digital storage is the only way to go. Hard-drives or (worst case) memory cards are so much easier. And they’re cheap. I saw a 200G hard drive for $82 earlier today.
So this afternoon I ducked over to Best Buy and picked up a GZ-MG37US. It’s got a 30GB internal hard drive. I’ll let you know how it works. The Sony HDR-HC3 looked really sharp (it records at HD resolution instead of standard), but can you guess the output format: tape. I have a VHS tape I’ve been meaning to convert to DVD or MPEG for six years. Heck, I’ve got a D1 tape from grad school days and I have *no idea* how I’m going to convert that to something sane. So I’m voting with my checkbook: no more tape for me.