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Best type of Camcorder

by axkman / August 23, 2006 1:41 PM PDT

I am looking at buying my first camcorder, with a budget in th $500 - $1000 range (in Australia). Would anyone please be kind enough to comment on the differences between miniDV and DVD as a format? I understand that editing is simpler with miniDV, but that this is older technology, and that the media do not contain as much information. Also, it needs a firewire connection to your PC (which I don't currently have)

On the other hand, a DVD camera is more expensive, and editing is not really practical, but connection is via a USB2 port and the 8 cm DVDs hold a lot more information.

Any comments will be gratefully received.

Many thanks

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by drhiberd / August 23, 2006 2:16 PM PDT
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Where did you hear that mini-dv holds less information than dvd??
Mini-dvd camcorders can only record about 20 minutes of video on the best quality setting. They also record in mpeg-2 format, which is very highly compressed.
Mini-dv can record up to 90 minutes on a single tape with best quality.
It is also much, much less compressed.
Firewire is the standard for video transfer to a computer.
It can transfer at a max rate of about 400mbps.
USB2 can not even come close to that.
If you are talking about USB2 "high speed", then that can transfer at a max rate of 480mbps. You camcorder has to support high speed USB2, which most don't.
Older technology doesn't always mean it's not as good. : )

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MiniDV has LOTS more information than DVDs.
by Kiddpeat / August 23, 2006 3:07 PM PDT
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Editing is not necessarily simpler with miniDV, but it is much easier to produce a good result because there is a lot more detailed data to work with.

DVD files are highly compressed. That's one of the reasons they are not well suited for editing.

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minidv vs dvd
by marctan / August 24, 2006 1:59 PM PDT

not only can you edit minidv,Dvd has poor video quality , until blueray comes out for better quality dvd video.

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Camcorder formats
by elfpcf / August 26, 2006 10:21 AM PDT
In reply to: minidv vs dvd

What do you guys think of the cameras with a hard drive? Mine is a JVC I hope that you have positive things to say.

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Sorry. The consumer level cameras with hard drives compress
by Kiddpeat / August 26, 2006 10:58 AM PDT
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the video so that a reasonable recording time can be obtained. That severely limits the ability to get a good product out of an editing process. MiniDV tape does much better. A 60 minute miniDV tape holds about 13 gigabytes of audio/video data. That may help you put your hard drive in perspective.

Hard drives can be mounted on a video camera which hold the uncompressed camera output. These are for prosumer and better cameras, and cost, probably, more than your camera.

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