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Chapter 2. Getting Set Up > Mixing Analog and Digital Video

Mixing Analog and Digital Video

Combining analog and digital video is not complicated when transferring the analog to a DV format, so long as you acknowledge the ups and downs of working with both formats.

By transferring the analog footage to digital, you have “digitized” it as you would with an A/V card. Expect a difference in the image quality when you go from the analog-to-digital footage to the pure DV footage. VHS/VHS-C analog footage has only 240 maximum lines of resolution and 8mm video has 280. S-VHS and Hi-8 come closer, at 400 and 420 lines. Transferring analog to digital is a bit like making a Xerox copy. It is as close to the original format as a copy can get. But, no matter how hard you try, you can never get most analog formats to match the quality of DV. So, when you slip back and forth in your project from direct digital video to the “transferred” format, there may be a noticeable change in image and audio quality.


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