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Understand Digital Video

Before you jump into the world of digital video, it is important to understand the difference between analog and digital video and why analog video is no longer an acceptable form of video if you are living in modern times!


Digital vs. Analog Video

Analog video uses an electrical signal to capture images on magnetic tape.  The video tape formats associated with analog video are VHS, VHS-C, 8mm, Hi8, Video8, Betamax and SVHS.  A digital video signal is a pattern of 1ís and 0ís that represent the video image. There is no variation in the original signal once itís captured, and the image does not lose any of its original sharpness or clarity---itís an exact copy of the original. Due to the major advances in digital technology, it is highly recommended by StashSpace that you shoot with a digital video camera and not analog video.  Digital Video formats include MiniDV, Digital8, MicroMV, DVCam tapes  DVD and mini DVDs and hard drive based camcorders.

Hereís why we recommend Digital Video over Analog Video:

  • Digital video quality begins and remains digital.  No quality is lost when you copy your video.  Plus with digital video you can capture video directly from your digital camcorder to your computer via FireWire.  Analog degrades with each copy and requires a special video capture card in order to import video onto your computer.
  • Digital video resolution is higher than analog because you can choose how many pixels, some of which offer as much as 410,000 or more pixels per Digital CCD (charged couple devices). No matter what digital video format you choose, they all have excellent resolution quality. Although some digital formats have higher quality than others, the quality of analog can deteriorate only after 5 years.
  • Analog recordings are highly susceptible to deterioration. Although a regular analog camcorder may be cheaper in price, it is imperative to use digital video with digital camcorders so that preservation of your video lasts and remains in the best condition.

    Digital video cameras are easy to connect to computers making for easy video editing and duplication.  Plus the cameras have more features, are lighter, and more compact.



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