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minidv or dvd comcorder

I hear everybody says that you can edit minidv tapes and then make a dvd and then watch it in a dvd player. My question is this, assume that I dont need editing. Then, is the quality of a dvd made from the minidv tape through one's computer is the same as that of the quality of a dvd from a dvd comcorder? Or is the dvd made from the minidv is better? Could some one please answer this. If there is no differnce, then I might as well go for a dvd comcorder, because I am not going to edit either way.

The other question I have is this. If I copy my recording from the minidv to a cd, can I reuse the minidv for recording again with out suffering quality? Or a minidv can be used only one time?

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Yes but there are quality problems...

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Yes you can re-use a miniDV tape but as you re-use them you have a high chance of getting glitches in the audio and/or video. Most people only use a miniDV tape once. These errors are called "drop outs" to my knowledge.

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mini dv

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Mini-dvd camcorders record video in a form called Mpeg-2. This format highly compresses the video to make it smaller and fit on a dvd. The video is very good, but since it is already highly compressed, it makes editing difficult. If you want to edit your footage and then output that footage, it will need to be compressed again. This will result in some loss of quality each time.
Mini-dv does not compress the video, but records at full quality. The advantage is that you can edit your video at full quality dv and then worry about compression later. If you plan on doing any editing at all, get mini-dv. There is no subsitute for editing at full quality and many editing programs/dvd authoring programs let you choose the quality in which you compress the video for dvd later.
With Mini-dvd, the compression is done for you and you have no control over the quality of the compression.

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DVD OR DV

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I CURRENTLY OWN BOTH.
MY DVD IS SONYS DCR DVD 201
IT WAS A GIFT AND ALTHOUGH IT WAS A VERY NICE GIFT, I HAVE NO USE FOR IT.
THE SOFTWARE IS IMAGE MIXER (PC ONLY) NO FIRE WIRE MEANS ITS NOT COMPATABLE WITH ANY EDIT PROGRAMS.
ANYWAYS I COULD PUT IT DOWN FOR HOURS, BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT A DV CAMCORDER IS BETTER IN EVERY WAY POSSIBLE EXCEPT YOU CANT PUT THE TAPE IN YOUR DVD PLAYER(QUALITY, LENGTH OF REC. TIME, AND COMPATIBILITY.)AND LETS NOT FORGET "PRICE"
I HOPE THIS INFO. HELPS AND KEEP ON FILMING IN A FREE WORLD.

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