Film vs. Video:

Advantages and Disadvantages

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Advantages of Film

1. World-wide 35mm and 16mm standards have been the same for decades

2. Rich 100+ year artistic tradition

3. Large, specialized support structure (thousands of specialized companies)

4. Film can readily translate into variety of broadcast standards for world-wide distribution.

5. Relatively permanent. (Films done in the 1930's are still usable; video formats regularly change.)

6. Lower startup costs (16mm)


Advantages of Video 

1. Immediate confirmation

2. Faster, less expensive recording medium with many more postproduction possibilities

3. Less expensive over time.

4. Can go "live."

5. Faster, less expensive, copying and transmission

6. More ENG stories can be covered in less time.

7. Digital signals mean unlimited compositing/special effect capabilities, computer controlled digital effects and no quality (generational) loss when doing copies.


Stay Away From These On Tests! (It all depends)

1. One has better technical quality than the other. (Define "technical quality.")

2. One has a better brightness range (dynamic range) capabilities. (It all depends.)

3. One is more rugged than the other.

4. One is cheaper than the other (without explaining).

5. One can shoot under lower light than the other. (It all depends.)

6. One is smaller or lighter than the other.

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