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Why a DV Camcorder Is Worth It > Why a DV Camcorder Is Worth It - Pg. 17

Videos, a tape submitted by an amateur camcorder fan, you've seen this problem in action. Digital video is stored on the tape as computer codes, not as pulses of magnetic energy. You can copy this video from DV camcorder to DV camcorder, or from DV camcorder to Mac, dozens of times, making copies of copies of copies. The last generation of digital video will be utterly indistinguishable from the original footage--which is to say, both will look fantastic. Note: Technically speaking, you can't keep making copies of copies of a DV tape infnitely. After, say, 20 or 30 generations, you may start to see a few video dropouts (digital-looking specks), depending on the quality of your tapes and duplicating equipment. Still, few people have any reason to make that many copies of copies. (Furthermore, making infnite copies of a single original poses no such problem.) Meet Digital Video A DV recording is forever Depending on how much you read newspapers, you may have remembered the depressing story the New York Times broke in the late eighties: Because home video was such a recent phenomenon at the time, nobody had ever bothered to check out how long videotapes last. The answer, as it turns out, was: not very long. Depending on storage conditions, the