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Of course, when your original media IS an .mpeg of some weird
generation, or one of a myriad of other file extensions, you're obliged
to archive it that way and be prepared to provide suitable playback
capabilities.

For all of us who may be collecting these modern sorts of data, the
collecting of codecs and players demands equal attention (at least for
the short-term, until someone develops a definitive, intuitive and
versatile analyzer/player for all such files).

Just like we don't throw away the 78s when we write digital audio files
to CD (or whatever), we need to preserve the original data file
configurations for these modern audio and visual products.

We shouldn't really expect the creators of content to provide us with or
work within formats that are compatible, high-quality or even stable.
Have artists ever sought to oblige us like that before?

(For the audiophiles: why do we still call them 78s when a good
percentage of them need to spin at another speed? How about a "variable
high-speed non-vinyl stylus-retrieved audio storage disc?"

Steven Austin



-----Original Message-----
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] .wav file content information

At 08:35 AM 3/15/2005, Damien Moody wrote:
>It seems to me that what we really need is competent programmers and IT
>professionals to perform a thorough analysis of the needs of the a/v
>community to create truly usable and customizable software. IT isn't
nasty
>stuff - but the output of IT efforts, as with anything else, can be. In
IT
>there is a very under-utilitized, mis-utilitzed and misunderstood
concept
>called "systems analysis and design". That is, a bit simplistically
>perhaps, but truly enough, all that we need.
>

That is truly what we need on a global basis. I wish I could figure out
a
way to make it happen. We have the beginnings of this stuff like MARC,
Dublin Core, AAF, MXF, BWF, MPEG-7. It's all out there--too much is out
there, actually!

The bad news is there are probably archives putting metadata in all
these
formats.

Cheers,

Richard


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