What does mini-DV Mean?
Mini DV is a type of camcorder format that records digital video and audio.
The digital AV signals are recorded on a mini-DV cassette tape.
The word mini is attributed to the size of the cassette. At the time of its launch, it was the smallest video cassette.
The cassette has a length of 2.6 inches, a width of 1.9 inches, and a height of x 0.5 inches
The tape width is a mere 0.25 inches 0r about 6mm.
The tape thickness is about itself is only 0.25 inches.
Depending on the mini-DV cassette and recording settings video could be recorded from 60 (SP) to 90 (LP) minutes.
The size of the mini-DV cassette allowed manufacturers smaller size camcorders and video cameras.
The main attraction of a mini-DV camcorder or video camera is it comes with a Firewire port.
With this IEEE 1394 connection, digital video can be captured directly into a computer that has a Firewire port through video editing software.
How Many GB is a Mini DV tape?
The mini-DV codec uses a 5:1 compression ratio. Full resolution video takes up about 1GB per five minutes. As such, a mini-DV cassette can store about 13 GB of DV-quality audiovisual data per hour of recording.
What Resolution is mini-DV?
Audio is recorded at different levels of sampling with the best quality being 48 0000Hz at 16 bits.
The horizontal resolution of mini-DV when viewed on television is around 500 lines, compared to VHS’s 240 lines and Hi-8’s and S-VHS’s 400 lines.