Cameras are the latest part of the video production process to go digital.
The new DV (Digital Video) cameras provide two major advantages over conventional analog cameras,
as shown below.
- Image quality: by storing the video in a digital format instead of analog, it is possible
to attain excellent image quality on moderately priced gear. Furthermore, as a digital signal,
it does not degrade with time, or suffer generation loss.
- Video capture: The video is digitized as it's being filmed, and is stored as files on
a tape in the camera. Video "capture" simply involves transferring those files to the
computer. There is no additional digitizing to be done.
The DV codec is different from most of the codecs described on Codec Central, in that it is
not intended for multimedia output. Instead, it is used in two primary ways:
- For storing original footage, and transferring it to the computer
- For storing final edited footage, for playback to a television