I think this SCREAMS to the point about digital truly still being in its infancy. The average person doesn't know what needs to be done and the technology isn't progressive enough or pervasive enough that issues like this aren't accounted for automatically. Will things get lost? Sure. Have many historically significant art pieces been lost to a lack of understanding about UV and what it can do to a piece of art, or improper moisture content? Etc, etc.On the other hand, a hard drive, EMP or not, will lose its **** after just a couple of years sitting on a shelf. I believe it's called bitflux. To retain the integrity of their data, hard discs need to be spun up and "refreshed' periodically. Google did a study a few years back and determined that after only 1 or 2 years without being powered up, hard discs ran a serious risk of data loss.
So much of production has gone tapeless now and the archival issue is one of the big concerns. Most serious post houses who know what they are doing are using LTO or DLT tape backup, with multiple copies (one stored offsite), but most in production seem to be unaware of the archival issue. A few months back I was dropping off some footage at a local production company that does their post in house. I asked what they were doing for archival of client projects. They just threw stuff on a hard drive and put it on a shelf in the closet. I asked them what they did to refresh the data and they were clueless. Not long ago they called about that footage again; they had needed to re-edit the project and low and behold their "backup" had corrupt data.
I wouldn't mind of most of Bay's stuff and Uwe Bole's were wiped out. Might do future generations a favor.And on a final note, as Michael pointed out, if we had an EMP blast, making sure we preserved a good digital copy of "Big Mama's House 16" for future generations will probably not be at the top of our concern.
No, but I'd think it was a shame to lose GOOD movies, haha! If we're going to rebuild after the apocalypse, I think our shared cultural touchstones might be a source of community strength.And on a final note, as Michael pointed out, if we had an EMP blast, making sure we preserved a good digital copy of "Big Mama's House 16" for future generations will probably not be at the top of our concern.
I think I read Polaroid film had stopped being made recently, or will be stopped being made very soon.Like polaroids, LP records, steam engins and god only knows how many other TOOLS it will be saved by those who love it and used where appropriate. Like it should be.
True, but at the same time anyone knows that if you have 100GB of files you should back them up so that when the drive fails you still have them. When the file types change you can convert them.