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Part I: Today’s Technology > Filming with Digital Video

Chapter 21. Filming with Digital Video

Just as digital photography is changing the photographic world and replacing traditional 35mm film, digital video is doing something similar in the world of video. Instead of using standard-size VHS cassette tapes, VHS-C compact cassette tapes, or even the old 8mm film within your camcorder, you can now use a small digital format known as Mini-DV. The Mini-DV format offers better image detail and color accuracy than traditional camcorders do, and it is a much smaller tape. Due to the digital nature of Mini-DV, or the other digital format known as Digital 8, any copies made retain the same quality as the originals. If you’ve ever made copies of VHS, VHS-C, or other forms of analog tapes, you’ll know that with each copy you make, the picture and sound quality is degraded.

In addition to superior image quality and perfect reproduction capability, digital video recording provides you with a way to perform advanced editing by downloading your movies from your camcorder to your PC. Using PC-based software tools, you can edit the footage, add music and titles, and even send video clips via email. If you have a CD or DVD writer as part of your PC, you can also store the footage on these media for distribution or archiving.


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