mini dv vs hdv

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by jbizzari, Apr 26, 2010.

  1. jbizzari macrumors newbie

    Apr 26, 2010
    Does anyone know the real deal when it comes to using regular mini dv tapes in a hi-def camcorder (HV-30)?

    Thanks to all. This is new to me and I appreciate the help.
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    What "real deal"?

    You use miniDV tapes to store the HDV (MPEG-2) data stream (binary 1s and 0s) onto, which is HD.

    miniDV tapes can also be used for recording SD footage onto it, but this time as actual video using one of these:

  3. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
    They work fine. We have one at work, and you can record in SD or HDV using standard DV tapes.
  4. rickdetrick macrumors newbie

    Apr 26, 2010
    The Vixi HV30 is very good!!

    We purchased the HV40, basically the same camera for our first HD project last October 2009. It could not have worked better. I read a review in HDVideo Pro. It was highly recommended as a second camera to shot along side of Pro Camcorders. That tell you allot about the quality of the image. For the price you can not beat it, BH photo has it on sale for $649, that is a steal for what you are going to get out of that camera.
    I edit in Final Cut Pro 7, so it really does a nice job.

    So to answer you question, no problem with moving from DV tape to HD tape.

  5. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    To reiterate the post by spinnerlys, there is no such thing as HDV tape. HDV records on mini DV, period. It is one of several media formats that use mini DV tapes as their media. Some manufacturers slap "HDV" on their mini DV boxes, but it is still mini DV.

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