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Old December 5th, 2007, 01:06 AM   #1
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Future Direction of HD Stock Footage?

Hi everyone, just putting this question out there, where is HD stock footage going in the semi-near future? (2-5 years) I'm curious to see what the current opinions out there are..or inside knowledge wink wink! Are things going to go the way of 4:2:2+ colour space, and/or move away from mpeg-2 towards mpeg-4?

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Old December 5th, 2007, 04:48 PM   #2
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Right now it looks like there are more people & companies trying to sell stock footage than there are people & companies wanting to buy stock footage.
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Old December 28th, 2007, 11:32 AM   #3
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I've found that my clients want HD in just about any flavor so long as it's HD. I specialize in underwater work so most of my deliveries are sourced from HDV. My SD stock requests have all but disappeared. Obviously the better quality HD you can provide XDCAM/HDCAM, etc. is preferred but if the shot is what they want they'll take BetaSP, etc.
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Old December 28th, 2007, 05:59 PM   #4
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Yeah I figured that, I have a friend who has a stock site, and knowing what things to shoot has always been the most important thing, but now what camera to get/wait for to future proof his own footage is key. Essentially longevity of the footage format is under question...interestingly he recently had a request for RED footage.
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Old December 29th, 2007, 10:06 AM   #5
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If you wait for the "future proof" camera you will always be waiting. Discovery, etc. like the XDCAM HD and Varicam at least. I'm sure everyone would love Red 4:4:4 but really how many stock inquiries will you get for it? I've got 15 years of footage that's been obsoleted but at the same time I still sell footage from that same old SD collection.
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