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June 14, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Ten Reasons Why I Still Love MiniDV Camcorders

Hello everyone,

There are many different camcorder formats “out there” such as Mini DVD, MiniDV, HDD, and Flash. I have always used a MiniDV camcorder and today I would like to tell you why I will continue to do so as long as I am able.

1) MiniDV records using much less compression than the other formats.

2) MiniDV records in the .avi file format which can be edited without loss of quality.

3) MiniDV .avi file format requires no conversion before editing (.avi is ready to edit directly from the camcorder).

4) MiniDV can record in both Standard Definition and High Definition.

5) MiniDV video is extremely easy to download onto your PC/Mac, and can easily be edited by any current video editing software.

6) I have a PC that has a firewire port which allows fast data transfer between the camcorder and computer.

7) MiniDV tapes are inexpensive, reusable, and widely available.

8) MiniDV video permits frame by frame edits (detailed, precise editing).

9) MiniDV Camcorders are very reasonably priced.

10) Mini DV tapes work well for storing raw footage or completed video projects. They also hold up well over time.

My two favorites:

Low Cost Standard Definition: The Canon ZR960

High Cost High Definition: The Canon Vixia HV40

Professor Randy says: New camcorder formats are not always better! I’m sticking with MiniDV!



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