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Discussion in 'Camcorders, Action Cams & Video Editing Forum' started by cegas, Jun 1, 2005.

  1. cegas

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    I have a Sony Digital 8 camcorder and am looking to buy a new machine, but I do not understand what mini DV format comprises. Are digital 8 tapes compatible or does this mormat use mini DVD discs. Replies will be appreciated, Chas
     
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    Digital 8 is not the same as Mini DV (though they both use DV compression). Digital 8 tape runs at a different speed.

    Mini DV is a tape format not DVD
     
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    Mini DV is a tape format - possibly the most common at the moment for digital camcorders. The tapes are neither compatible with or interchangeable with digital 8 or Hi-8 tapes - they are physically different in many ways. Camcorders which use a miniature 8cm dia disk are known as Mini-DVD cameras and will usually include the letters DVD in their type number - the discs from these cameras may be played in your PC or a standalone DVD player.

    Other formats you may come across are Micro-MV (another tape format) and MP4 which can be recorded on a memory stick in the camcorder.
     
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    miniDV tapes are 4mm. Digital8, Hi8 & Video8 are all 8mm tapes although the latter 2 are analogue formats. A few of the sony Digital8 camcorders can replay old analogue 8mm tapes, but because the miniDV tapes are physically smaller they can not be played. MicroMV are smaller still than miniDV and not very common.

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    your logical choice would probably be Digital 8, as this would allow to play back your previous recordings. However digital 8 cmaeras are more basic, missing things like a hotshoe & any form of white balance control.

    If playback of exsisting footage is not so important to you then miniDV is really the only way to go in terms of value for money, picture quality, size of camcorder, choice blah blah blah, if you buy a model with DV in (and presuming your Digital8 camera still works) you can back up all your previous recordings onto a more future proof format.

    DVD is still a bit of a minefield, incompatible formats, expensive media, bigger cameras, poorer compression.

    Forget MPEG2 & MPEG4 as orgination formats (for SD at least), theres no point when the vastly superior miniDV is such great value.

    Digital 8 is likely to go the way of micromv, less and less of a range, not representing particularly great value anymore.
     

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