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MiniDV Video Tape Format and History

The MiniDV was the first introduced in 1998. It allows you to record 1 hour of video on a cassette about the size of a box of tic-tacs.

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Mini DV tapes are the smallest of the video formats. They take and maintain crystal clear images because of the nature of a digital format. MiniDV tapes record their signal at 525 lines of horizontal resolution, substantially higher than 8mm or regular VHS formats, and due to their higher band width greater color fidelity and detail is possible. The video signal is recorded as DV video which is the same as Digital8. Due to the digital nature of the recording, no signal loss will result from dubbing, so they make an excellent master copy. All MiniDV camcorders have a firewire (also known as i-link and IEEE 1394), allowing easy downloading of the video to a modern computer with a firewire port for editing.

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Unsolicited Customer Testimonial:
Mailed a box of movies to you yesterday. One batch is the "WONDER YEARS" and I am not sure if the other is. If you did not receive the instructions, name it Brad and Peggy.

I want to complement you on the work done on the "MOON FAMILY HISTORY". Given that the films start in 1939 and ran into the 50's, you did an excellent job of recording them to video. Some of them were very difficult to see in the original format, but you brought out the clarity, so everyone could enjoy them. KUDOS!!

You may use my email as a testimonial, if you wish.

Again, thank you for your past performance and the future endeavor.

Brad Littlefield
Tumwater, WA
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