AVCHD and HDV... Canon HF10 and HV30

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by slipper, Apr 14, 2009.

  1. slipper macrumors 68000


    Nov 19, 2003
    In the market for a camcorder. I noticed the HV30 and HF10 for sale at a good price at a local store. Its main difference i noticed is the HF10 uses AVCHD and the HV30 uses HDV. Whats the pros and cons of the two different codecs.
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    For a list of comparisons, that is not that tech heavy, look here:

    In short:

    HDV uses tape, which is a better back up method (for many) and is easier to transfer to a computer by just playing it back and let the editing software capture the video via Firewire.

    AVCHD is a file based format, that uses different storage devices, like flash or DVDs. You have to copy the files to your computer and convert them to something editable before you can import it to an editing software, also some editing apps do that for itself now.
    You also have to have a better back up strategy with file based video.

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