Digital Video Overview

Digital video (DV) describes a digital recording system that works by using a digital rather than an analog video signal.  DV can be recorded on miniDV tape, a hard drive, a DVD or Blu-ray disc, and solid state SD cards (like those in digital still cameras).

Consistent quality - Analog tape has some loss of quality during the process of converting the tape into a digital format – a good analogy would be that it is similar to making a photocopy of a photocopy. However, with digital video, each copy is nearly an exact replica, without any significant loss in quality.

Embedded timecode - Digital video format records a continuous signal linked to a discreet timecode that provides an actual numeric location – to the frame – for your video. This timecode is transferred when you import or capture your video from camera or deck and convert it to a computer file for editing. The embedded timecode makes professional-level editing possible on a desktop computer – rather than on thousands of dollars worth of equipment, as required with analog video. The timecode notation of 00:00:00:00  translates to hours:minutes:seconds:frames



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