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Moving Media Storage Technologies by Karl Paulsen

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INTRODUCTION

Storage technologies have fundamentally changed the landscape of digital media in a profound way. Gone are the days of using a single hard disk drive on a workstation as the sole means to store digital content. Nearly vanished is the practice of capturing video and audio only on videotape. The practice of transferring videotape recordings into an edit station and then manipulating sequences of images and sound has matured to the point that the content now goes straight from a file captured in a camcorder to a storage system where any number of other activities will happen. This is what the industry has coined “digital” or “file-based workflows.”

Videotape as we know it is close to the end of its practical life. The fledgling domain ...

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