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 Post subject: DVDs replacing videotapes?
PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2004 6:57 pm 
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Not sure if this is the proper forum, but...

Are DVDs replacing videotapes in publicity materials and in professional archival use? Or are there too many compatibility issues still?

It seems like DVD would be the ideal promo format, what with it's menu options and inexpensive shipping costs... but perhaps DVD players aren't widespread enough in the dance world yet? It seems like any artistic director with the money to commission choreography (or presenter to book a company) would have a DVD player at their disposal somewhere... although perhaps not every "young audiences" school venue would...

Or are DVDs great for promos but for working in the studio, videotapes are still dominant? Is anyone using DVD as rehearsal video?


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 15, 2004 4:02 am 
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I haven't seen DVDs in the studio yet, but it would certainly make life easier.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 15, 2004 8:00 pm 
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As I look into this, I discover some problems for the dance world...

If I understand what I'm reading...
It seems only "pressed" or "replicated" DVDs (like the typical hollywood movie) are always compatible with all the DVD players; whereas "duplicated" recordable disks (if you require quantities of 50 or less, you're probably dealing with duplicated rather than replicated disks)... at best seem to be compatible with roughly 85% of existing DVD players.

This is kind of a problem, don't you think?

Also, there seems to be an issue with black levels... where detail in dark areas tends to be lost (anyone ever seen a wide shot of dancers in black tights against a black curtain on a black marley....? that isn't brightly lit... ? With a little luck, perhaps this design concept has gone out of style, but I'm not putting any money on it) It's not that it's impossible to record this kind of detail onto DVD, but rather that different machines play back the levels differently.

I still think DVD is a great promo format, but it looks like the accompanying press material would have to make it clear that a VHS is available if the DVD doesn't play back properly? Sounds lame, doesn't it? Is anyone likely to wait for the videotape?


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 15, 2004 10:54 pm 
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I'm seeing choreographers and artistic directors use DVDs to promote their works, and presenters popping them into their computers to view and fastforward.

However, videotapes seem to common still, especially among dancers, as companies still shoot on analog videotape instead of using digital motion cameras.

On a related tangent, I do however see more and more photographers making the switch to digital cameras with stunning effect.

And, um, should we move this to the Backstage forum?


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2004 12:17 am 
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I am also being handed DVDs rather than videos by PR people these days. The 2004 Dance umbrella festival may have a DVD of clips in the Festival programme booklet.

This marketing/archival topic could fit in either of the two forums mentioned by Azlan. However, this one does tend to concentrate on finance, recruitment and building, whereas "Backstage" has more technical material. So, on balance, this topic would be better in "Backstage" in my view.

I'll move it and close this one. Look for the link at top left for the continuing topic.

<small>[ 16 July 2004, 02:19 AM: Message edited by: Stuart Sweeney ]</small>


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