About File-Based Media

Historically, video footage has been recorded on videotape. As digital acquisition replaces analog technology, many camcorders now record footage as files on non-tape-based media such as hard disks, solid-state cards, and optical discs. For convenience in terminology usage, non-tape-based media are referred to as file-based media in this manual. Because of their nonlinear nature, file-based media provide clear advantages over tape-based media:

Today, some common file-based media formats include: