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MiniDV vs Digital?

by triumphkid / January 4, 2013 12:19 PM PST

Hey everybody, I've got another question. What media records better quality, MiniDV, or digital?

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 4, 2013 12:25 PM PST
In reply to: MiniDV vs Digital?

I've seen this swap positions varying with high end GL2's and current tech cameras. I'd have to know which models and then compare what I see on the screen.

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The storage media is not
by boya84 / January 4, 2013 11:19 PM PST
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the gating factor. What matters is the format used by the camcorder.

The "DV" in miniDV = Digital Video. The zeros and ones written to the digital tape are the same zeroes and ones written to other formats like flash memory, hard disc drive and optical storage media. The difference is how the zeros and ones are used. If there is a lot of video compression (low data rate), then the video quality goes down. If there is less compression (high data rate), video quality goes up.

Generally, miniDV tape has provided the storage for low compression DV and HDV format storage. Most can be connected to an external recording device (Firestore and Sony) that uses a hard disc drive or flash memory for storage. The DV or HDV format is the same... just different media.

If you compare the bit rates of consumer-grade AVCHD compression to prosumer or prograde cameras and camcorders you'll see a relatively large difference. Use these under various fast action video capture environments (helicopter blade motion, any fast sports, etc.) and you see what the compression does to the video.

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