File-based workflow is fundamentally different. For one thing, files are transported and used in quite different ways from baseband signals. They contain more elements — audio, video, and metadata — necessary to facilitate their use. Files are closer to videotape or film representations than they are to baseband SDI/HD-SDI streams, for they both live in a container (wrapper) and carry metadata on the “surface” — or, in the case of a tape, on the box — which allows one to understand what is in the container.
Bandwidth is not infinite, at least not in our restricted media technology enterprise. Cost and innovation are drastically affected today by our ability to interconnect signals of many types over distances no shorter than what we have been used to with coaxial video interconnections. While copper-based interconnection technology has key roles in modern facilities, increasingly optical fiber has important attributes that facilitate technology that traditional wired infrastructures cannot duplicate easily, or at least over practical distances. An evolution
During the time Phil Livingston, ex-Panasonic, and I worked together at AZCAR, we often shared sometimes silly e-mail messages about technology topics. Sadly, Phil passed away in 2006. But the messages we shared included one I still find
Parsing words carefully can sometimes lead to interesting results. This topic could cover monitoring over a large distance, or it could cover gathering information about systems within one facility. Then again, it could mean monitoring many facilities from one location. It seems to me that in the context of our changing industry, it needs to cover all three.