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Old November 22nd, 2006, 03:47 PM   #1
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Our business currently moves video around as MPEG-2 Long GOP.

For high definition, one of my clients is insisting that we use a bitrate of 135Mbps. On further investigation, I found that they are insisting on this bitrate because this is the bitrate HDCAM uses, and supposedly HDCAM uses MPEG-2.

I don't believe this is correct - but I'm having trouble finding information which disproves this theory. All I can find is that HDCAM uses intra-frame compression (does this mean it is I-Frame only?), while Long GOP (obviously) is inter-frame compression.

It will cause us major headaches to use 135Mbps (none of our equipment goes past 80Mbps). Anybody have any info which can help convince our client otherwise?
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Old November 24th, 2006, 10:59 PM   #2
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HDCAM uses DCT-based compression and it's only intraframe compression (which is similar to I frames only). It doesn't use MPEG2 compression, although MPEG2 is similar since it is DCT-based. Charles Poynton's book (see poynton.com) has a little bit of information on the HDCAM format.
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Old November 24th, 2006, 11:56 PM   #3
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XDCAM uses MPEG-2 compression. In higher rates than HDV, but they only go up to 35MB/s. Still, many people choose that format and many networks accept it.

DVCPRO HD is 100MB/s...and yes, HDCAM is 135MB/s.
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