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7. Distribute > Determine Which Codec to Use

Determine Which Codec to Use

Knowing how you plan to use or distribute your video will help determine which codec you should use.

When talking about digital video, you need to be clear whether you are talking about the DV format or digital video in general. Digital video covers a wide range of technologies, including DVDs, cell phones that can record and play video, streaming video on the Internet, and even television broadcasts via satellite and cable. Every form of digital video requires the use of a codec.

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More often than not, when talking about editing digital video, the conversation is about DV. The DV format generally includes DVCAM. It does not include DVD.

Understanding Codecs

A codec is a compression/decompression algorithm that helps reduce the amount of storage, and computer horsepower, required to reasonably use video on a computer. Since uncompressed video takes up a lot of disk space and requires a lot of computer power, codecs have been created to help play video on a range of devices. Basically, a codec enables a device such as a computer or DVD player to play audio/video content. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of audio/video codecs available.


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