Still the best
way to record "long form" video at the best quality, the camcorder will
us for many years to come. Whether it is a family event, sports footage,
or a recital, the
camcorder allows you to capture longer pieces of video at higher quality
than digital cameras
and some of the newer video devices
Digital tape like MiniDV captures video at a quality level 10 times as
high as DVD recordings
and most DV capture devices such as digital cameras. This quality
ensures the most beneficial digital encoding of your
While tape is a far superior media for capturing high quality video, it
has problems, as well. Since tapes are magnetic, they are prone to
demagnetization and actually begin degrading virtually as soon as you
shoot on them.
To get video from your camcorder to your stashBox, you will need to have
a firewire output
on your camera and a firewire input on your computer. If you do not have
a firewire input
on your computer, you can get a firewire card fairly inexpensively.
These cards are easy to install and come as PCMCIA
for laptops and as PCI for desktops.