Video documentation is of course, a very common way of collecting evidence. It is almost always used for infidelity cases and insurance fraud situations. Modern technology has recently brought hard drive camcorders into our arsenal of video capture devices. We have welcomed this technology with open arms. For some reason, many private investigators, as documented by many, many posts in newsgroups, are steering clear of hard drive camcorders for basically, no reason that I can see, except being afraid of change.
Tapes are antiquated. Tapes are cumbersome and clumsy. Tapes deteriorate. Tapes are a pain to write to dvd, as compared to hard drives.
With hard drive camcorders, the file is easily transfered to dvd. It is already converted, so no encoding is needed, saving much time. Further, the original file can be easily moved to a writable cd or dvd for safekeeping of the original file.
Law enforcement has embraced the use of these hard drive recorders. They work. The evidence safekeeping is court recognized. It's easier. The resolution blows away old camcorders. The zoom functions and night functions of the better models are incredible!
Why use tapes? I don't get it.