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DVCAM Tape Format


DVCAM is Sony's professional DV format, recording at 530 video lines. It competes with Panasonic's DVCPro and JVC's MiniDV Format. The video quality of these 3 formats is the same, but DVCAM and DVCPro have different track pitches and extended timecode capabilities.

MiniDV has a narrower video track, so you are more likely to have problems playing the same tape on different machines. The wider tracks of DVCAM make tracking easier and provide for better tape handling.

The primary advantage of DVCAM is apparent when moving tapes from one deck to another, and when useing them in a linear editing environment. You will need a full sized DVCAM deck to play these tapes back.


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I just received my Mastered DVD's of my family's home videos and we LOVE them. Thank you. Now several of my family members want copies too. Do I have to send the original back to you or do you have the film stored on your computer? How much would it cost to make 2 more copies of each of the 3 DVD's?
    Thank you,
    Michelle Friedman
    Monroe, NJ
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