Store USB Thumbdrive with Film
Posted 09 August 2011 - 02:53 PM
With HD transfers at $300/hour it seems worth it to have a backup you can keep with the film so years later you can reference it. That is of course if you can read them years from now.
Maybe that could be a good alternative to sending drives back and forth via FedEx too.
Posted 09 August 2011 - 07:21 PM
Posted 09 August 2011 - 07:25 PM
Even though it doesn't require an active power supply to retain its contents, the contents of NAND flash chips will eventually fade.
Posted 10 August 2011 - 10:21 AM
Well, at least the film itself will be good for 75 years or so if stored properly. Funny how there aren't any long term digital storage solutions available.
75 years from now they'll know what to do with the film, but they'll have no idea of what USB even is.
Posted 10 August 2011 - 11:07 AM
Unfortunately, it's very expensive - at least, expensive compared to things like DVDs and blu-ray discs. Not expensive compared to a film print.
Posted 13 August 2011 - 08:27 AM
Posted 13 August 2011 - 08:52 AM
As mentioned LTO is pretty much your best bet for archival of digital material. The Stock doesn't cost that much, compared to say HDCam SR tape, but the "drive" can be in the thousands... there may however be rental options or servicers who'll do it for you (and if there isn't then there is a huge dearth in the market!)
Posted 13 August 2011 - 12:45 PM
Surely someone can do better?
I am no expert on this, going to have to consult the notes of what I've heard, but that was my general impression. There's short, medium and longterm archiving.
Why not some densitometer numbers on a piece of acid-free paper with acid-free ink instead? They can be converted into 10-bit log cineon numbers easily. You can immediately determine your fade (not that you should get any medium-term with proper storage conditions).
Keeping it low-tech has some real advantages over the long term.
That being said, I recently survived an Act of God that would have wiped out all the advantages of analog storage over digital had I not moved all of my stuff out of the basement floor at the office. You can throw film in water if it is wet and rewash with minimal to no impact, but if you can't get to it in time because you have a million feet down there. . .
Digital would fare better I would think. It doesn't get along with water at all, but can be recovered easily in these situations.
A long length of film in a can can be surprisingly fragile when exposed to the elements. . .
Posted 28 September 2011 - 06:05 PM
Posted 28 September 2011 - 06:26 PM
Hard drives will beat LTO by 10-15 years, all other factors being equal.
What's the source for that? Why do the banks, insurance companies, government, hospitals, etc. use LTO instead? LTO was designed for long term storage with infrequent access.