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Fringe "The Recordist" (10/12/12) [SPOILERS]

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by RGM1138, Oct 13, 2012.

  1. MikeMar

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    Who the hell knows :D That's my best guess

    Not like we have amber here
     
  2. Bierboy

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    A loooong time ago, I worked in TV/Radio news, and, if I recall correctly, Betamax was used because the quality was/is significantly better than VHS. I don't know about its longevity.
     
  3. LoadStar

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    Well, if you worked in TV, they would have been using Betacam, not it's home cousin Betamax. Betacam and the later versions of it survived significantly longer in the broadcast field than Betamax did in the home market.

    Betacam and Betamax tapes appeared very similar, but were completely incompatible with each other.
     
  4. Bierboy

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    Yep...that's what I meant. Admittedly, I was more on the radio side of our newsroom (we had a combined news operation), so I had little contact with the technology. And this was 25+ years ago....
     
  5. DavidTigerFan

    DavidTigerFan No, not Detroit. TCF Club

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    From the previews for next week:

    It looks like they'll use some of what they learned while solving fringe cases to fight the observers...I always thought this would be an awesome idea. :)
     
  6. Peter000

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    Re: Beta tape longevity... there's no reason (other than mechanical breakdown) that tape wouldn't survive 30 years. I have VHS tapes that have survived in perfect working order for 20 years in much worse conditions than a perfect preservation environment like the amber is (hell if a human body can come out living...).
     
  7. DavidTigerFan

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    We can assume that it was 2011 when the invaders came. Why the hell would Walter use Beta to record something? Almost everything is digital now. Seems like they just wanted a crutch to make the tapes partially listenable in order to add suspense.
     
  8. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

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    I know people a lot less strange than Walter who are utterly addicted to obsolete technologies...

    If it were anybody but Walter, I'd probably need to be convinced. But with Walter, let's face it, by now they can pretty much get away with any quirk. :D
     
  9. Idearat

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    Seeing how he had to dismantle his laserdisc player to get the laser to cut into the amber, having Beta still around make sense. If Walter had it and it still worked he didn't throw it away.

    I've still got my laserdisc player and have several Criterion releases, some that are not released in digital, so I keep it all. I also have a DV camcorder and a bunch of tapes. I don't record anything with it, but I could. (There's also my 8mm and 16mm movie cameras and projectors if I really wanted to go old school )

    So Walker just used what he had handy. Consistent with his character.
     
  10. JYoung

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    I believe that the invasion was in 2015.

    But even if they'd used digital on optical disc or hard drive, you could still have drop outs due to file corruption or media damage.

    I have to go along with the others in saying that the Betamax is Walter being Walter.
     
  11. Peter000

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    Well, his lab is filled with obsolete technologies, because Walter was in an institution for something like 20 years, right? And his lab was mothballed for all that time.
     
  12. Rob Helmerichs

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    That's a very good argument, but I think I can edit it down a touch...
    Yep, still works! :D
     
  13. Bierboy

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    This is NOT a Walking Dead thread...



    :D
     

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