[Tig] types of film (technicolor)

Martin Euredjian ecinema
Wed Mar 9 13:53:28 GMT 2005

> sure Martin, but it's not the data we're talking about, it's the medium,
as you get into next...

If you are talking archival, and, if you are taking a truly long-term view,
the medium matters not.  It's about the data.  Which can live forever if
whoever owns it cares enough to keep it alive.

> Storing digital data on film has its adherents; an array of bits is
photographed for each frame of film.

This can't even begin to approach the data storage density of MEMS based

Interestingly enough, this month's IEEE spectrum has a nice article on a
technology that's been in development for quite some time.  Here's a link to
the online version:


There are other technologies that'll compete with this approach.  Some
significantly more robust and possibly denser.

On the question of cost and labor for data replication.  Look, today I can
fire-off a "dub" of a 400GB hard drive, go to sleep and have it done by
morning.  I think that drive cost about US$300, below US$1 per GB. Five
years ago that would have taken DAYS and probably run about US$5 per GB.
Ten years ago, if even possible, WEEKS and maybe US$100 per GB.  And so, it
is perfectly reasonable to expect that in ten years MEMS-based storage
devices will be able to replicate and store terabytes with relative ease and
at very low cost (US$1 per TB?).  It's probably not too far fetched to think
that entire film-studio libraries will eventually fill just a few
filing-cabinets rather than huge environmentally controlled vaults.

Martin Euredjian
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