Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/05/23

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Subject: Re: [Leica] [Partly Relevant] The Economical Leica and Future Film
From: (David Morton)
Date: Sun, 24 May 1998 0:12 +0100 (PDT)

Patrick G. Sobalvarro wrote:

> It may be the case that 35mm film will not disappear for an
> extra-special long time, but it won't be because the movie industry is
> supporting it to avoid the cost of digital storage for movies.  Let's do
> a little arithmetic here:


> So it would be possible to build the equipment to do this sort of thing
> right now, except that development costs would be large and the
> potential market small.  Still, the parts cost is small enough that I
> would guess that within ten years most feature movies will be shot
> digitally.

Actually such systems exist *today* and are used to edit feature films.
The storage sizes are vast, as you suggest, but compared to the cost of
'old style' editing the total cost of the equipment is almost negligible.

Of course you don't *see* images which have been through such a system,
all it does is generate the EDL (Edit Decision List) which is then sent
off to the neg cutter.