Archival Storage Files

Started May 11, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: store data that hasn't been demosaiced yet, not
In reply to Jim Cockfield, May 23, 2012

One concern, and maybe its unfounded so far, is that every new camera made, has a new Raw file format. Eg. while canon's raw files are all .CR2 files, a CR2 file from eg. a 1d is not the same as from a 5dIII, etc.. Hence we see the ongoing griping about paying Adobe for new software just so we can view the files from new cameras. Adobe's stance is that each version of CS requires a newly written ACR module, so they can't simply just create ACR updates that can standalone from the CS main program.

That said, do we ever get to a point where Adobe, etc.. "run out of space", find it too unwieldy in ACR, and/or can't keep up the development to recreating new ACR modules for new versions of CS indefinitely, supporting cameras going back 10+, 20+ etc.. years? Presumably, the Camera manufacturers would continue to provide software support, as long as they're in business anyway. This all said, is TIFF a sensible solution? At least you know that 10 year old software will open TIFFs generated 10 years from now.

I suppose this begs the discussion of relative merits of DNG format. In general the discussion on archiving should also spin to what media is best as well. Ie. 50 years from now, children, grandchildren won't be going thru a box of old photos I took, but perhaps flipping thru a binder of antiquated BRay disks that they'll struggle to find a way to do anything with.

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