|The Avid Technology CamCutter disk-based field system.|
These days a much superior image can be achieved on a device that you can fit into your pocket. Almost everyone has access to a mobile device such as an iPhone, which is essentially a file-based video camera. Shooting Video With Your Mobile Device can introduce a whole new set of challenges.
We've a come a long way, but it took a lot of different developments to get here. Back in the 90's when I was at Avid Technology, the company that pioneered nonlinear editing decided it was time to pursue file-based acquisition. This lead to the development of the world's first camera that recorded directly to hard drive.
The CamCutter was a joint venture between Avid and Ikegami and was one of the first tapeless camcorders ever shown. Avid engineers had to develop a drive enclosure that could not only withstand the abuse from being in the field, but they had to develop a technique to eliminate the forces produced by the spinning drive. The solution was to place one disc on top of the other, spinning in the opposite direction. Doing this allowed the camera to move normally.
|The Avid FieldPak.|
The cost of media for the CamCutter made it a tough investment to justify compared to the cost of tape, but still there were early adopters who jumped at the chance to have a tapeless video workflow. Avid mo longer develops a camera, but the CamCutter has become Ikegami's EditCam which is still in production.
Avid and Ikegami weren't the only companies to develop file-based cameras, but the CamCutter did pave the way for the tapeless systems we have today.