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Mini DV tape pros

By Jakob Jelling

Mini DV tape is one of the video storage formats most successful among all consumers, from professionals to amateurs, who realize of the important pros this format has. This way, this format has become widely known since it came out to the market and is chosen by new consumers as the storage format they prefer.

The standard lengths and therefore the ones in which users could find mini DV tapes are 30 minutes the shortest, 60 minutes the next and 80 minutes the longest one. These are the mini DV tape lengths which consumers could have access to and among which they would be able to choose at the time of buying a tape in this format, although there are other lengths available for the DV format which can be similar at some points.

Consumers can find DV tapes of 120 min, 180 min and even 270 min since they are available in a wider range of minutes’ length than mini DV tapes. But, it is also important to consider the speed of the tape you wish to buy since this factor can be determinative regarding the quality of the video you store in it and it can add more minutes to a tape if you choose to store it in a lower quality. For example, you could store 80 minutes of video in a 60 minutes mini DV by using a lower recording quality.

There are other tape formats which are similar to mini DV but created by other companies. These other formats similar to mini DV are DVCAM and DVCPRO. DVCAM format is of a quality very similar to mini DV with the variation that it runs 50% faster, in such a way that a 30 minutes DVCAM tape would equal to 20 minutes of mini DV. This way, a 184 minutes tape which uses DVCAM format would run 270 minutes of video.

DVCPRO runs at a speed even faster than DVCAM and therefore much faster than mini DV, but uses MP tape instead the ME one which the other two formats use. MP tape is thicker than ME and therefore, the size of DVCPRO cassettes is larger than DVCAM and mini DV ones with the same length. DVCPRO long length cassettes are of a size similar to DV cassettes.

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