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Chapter 16. Capturing Video > Capturing DV vs. Digitizing Analog

Capturing DV vs. Digitizing Analog

If you're using the increasingly popular DV format, the capture process couldn't get much easier. DV cameras compress the video in the camera, and record the resulting DV signal onto any of several DV tape formats—most commonly, miniDV. If your computer is equipped with a port—commonly known as FireWire, iLink, or IEEE-1394—you can easily transfer footage from a DV camera or deck to your hard disk in much the same way you would copy files from one disk to another. A single cable delivers the video, audio, and timecode information (Figure 16.1). Assuming your system is fast enough to play back DV (with its relatively lenient 3.6 MB/sec data rate), you're in business. The DV standard is just that: standard. It narrows down what would otherwise be an intimidating selection of video and audio settings into a single set of options.

Figure 16.1. DV footage—including video, audio and timecode—can be transferred over a single FireWire/ iLink connection. DV standards vary very little, so choosing settings is easy.



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