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What is the best videotape format for archiving?

Question:
What is the best videotape format for archiving?

Answer:
There are many good choices for archiving. It is important to make the choice based on some important considerations, such as:

Tape formulation -- Metal tapes have a long history of being very suitable for long-term storage. These formats include Betacam SP, Digital Betacam, DVCPRO, D-3/D-5 and the like.

Compression -- If choosing a digital format for long-term storage, it is best to go with a format that offers as little compression as possible.

Availability -- It is important to consider whether hardware to play back your tapes will still be available in the future.


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