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However, since then the rapid pace of development in electronic systems has effectively brought industrial video up to broadcast standard: in particular the introduction of high-band U-matic and Sony's Betacam system, introduced in 1982, which has proved very popular in the field of documentary and news reporting. Betacam is not only high-quality; it is also extremely portable, being based on the domestic Betamax system and utilising half-inch tape. The domestic sphere was initially served by the Phillips system introduced in 1972.
Economic factors, as well as providing the necessary impetus for innovation, can also delay the take-up of a particular new technology. Returning to the issue of sound technology, it is interesting to consider that although magnetic tape was available in Hollywood after the war - representing a major advance in terms of sound technology and opening up the possibility of multi-track recordings, stereophonic sound and later Dolby - the deployment of new sound systems was delayed for economic reasons, in particular the cost of converting theatres.
What appeared to work on paper might not hold together in the same way on screen. Occasionally, financiers will demand the right of final cut which may disrupt the intentionality of the film-maker. While acknowledging the structuralist critique of the film author, Paul Coates has argued that any revised theory must insist on the presence of individuality: The various structuralisms maintain that individuality has been shattered. Shattered individuals, however, still remain individuals: a bullet has pierced the single pane and rayed it with splinters, but a frame- society- holds it in place, retaining it as a building block in its structure.