Broadcast delivery format?
We have been delivering Betacam SP for broadcast shows for the past 10 years, and it seems none of our local broadcasters seems to want to change. But as we all know, Beta SP equipment is not being manufactured anymore, and at some stage we will not be able to get spares for all the PWV 2800 and broadcast decks servicing our industry.
South Africa will not be moving to HD for the next three years to come, digibeta will be too expensive for now, and it’s too late for betacam SX. So what delivery options are there?
What do you guys deliver your SD material on?
It would be nice to say – let’s deliver quicktime on hard disks – but I fear the broadcaster will want to move to a format that has the following characteristics:
– It must be a physical thing (disk or tape) that you can store on a rack for 10-15 years.
– It must have a verifyable technical quality – EG. quicktime DV minimum spec, Quicktime DVCPRO 50 standard spec – or MPEG-2 8mb/s minimum data rate.
– It must do SD and HD, because once our industry makes the jump, it will be another 15 years for the next one…
– It must not be too expensive – for equipment or media.
Obviously all our broadcasters have moved to large media servers for broadcasting, so all material for broadcast gets ingested, but at the moment it all happens from Betacam SP, and I see a big threat with that…
I think Sony’s XDCAM makes a lot of sense, or Panasonic’s DVCPRO 50 (can’t do HD)?