I’ve spent part of today converting the digital video of the Zap Your PRAM conference into web streams. I’ve been dumping the MiniDV tapes that Dan recorded using Kelly’s Canon ZR25 digital video recorder into my iMac using a fireware cable.
But here’s the thing about digital video, the secret that everybody knows but nobody talks about: it’s not really digital.
It may very well be that the Canon camera is storing video as bits and bytes on the digital video tape. However to slurp that video into my computer, while it happens “digitally” from a quality perspective, happens “analogly” when it comes to timing. To get 1 hour of digital video from camera into computer takes 1 hour. There’s no digital bump.
This is a step ahead?
Perhaps — I haven’t looked — there are video cameras that record on hard disks or flash cards that can be instantly, quickly mounted on a desktop. We sure need them.
Until that point, with the delay to slurp on the front end, and the delay to compress and encode on the back end, it’s a wonder anybody ever gets anything done in the digital video world. I guess they’re all just very, very patient.