Keith K wrote:As for Microsofts digital downloads.. well take a picture in photoshop at 1920x1080 pixels, compress it to full then multiply the file size by 24 (for frames per second) then multiply that by just 7200 for just 2 hours of video with absolutely no frills.. then figure out how long it would take to download such a file.. And figure out where you could store a library of them.
It'll be a little smaller, since MPEG video compression does some of the compression across frames, but that's a fair analogy.(A two-frame .Mpg video will be slightly smaller than those two frames stored as a pair of .jpg files. How much smaller depends on how similar the frames are. IE, how much of frame 1 can be re-used in frame 2.)
Personally, I think external video storage is something like printed books. It's bulky, low-capacity, and inconvenient, but who here doesn't actually prefer cracking open a book to pulling it up on your computer screen? I know I do!