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Compact Flash

Compact Flash: A flash-based mass storage medium that is used in portable recorders. The capacity of this device is ever increasing as are the transfer speeds. Transfer speeds do not affect audio recording, however, they do greatly impact the speed at which the recorded interview can be transferred to the computer. Compact flash is the larger format of the flash-based media being used in portable field recorders and involves matching the pins in the device to the holes in the card. Although though it is rare, pins on recording devices can be bent thus rendering the device unable to recognize the CF card and therefore not record. Because of digital photography, this format is quite common in the marketplace and extremely inexpensive. Portable recorders and cameras are much more commonly using SD or SDHC flash media because of the small size. [ Audio Glossary ] [ Video Glossary ]

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