Shooting To a Drive. Must Deliver Camera Masters To Network.

You can create tapes or you may be able to deliver digital files.

There are both high end and low end solutions that utilize tapeless production approach. Shooting straight to a hard drive device can have benefits but it has one major drawback. Networks typically require that you deliver camera masters. What if you never had the masters?

Some networks will accept copies of the data on drives. Others may insist that you deliver tapes regardless of your acquisition method. Both scenarios will add additional cost to your production.

An additional consideration needs to be taken into account if delivering tapes. The time code on tapes should match the time code in your sequence. Depending on the system you used on the set each recorded clip could have time code starting at the same number such as . This would render the whole process of output to tape with meaningful time code nearly impossible to accomplish.