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Learn what digital video is

By Jakob Jelling
Snapjunky.com

According to a short definition, digital video is a camcorder media format. This media format allows the storage of images through the use of a digital camcorder in such a way that it could be compatible with other digital media. This format consists on storing the information which builds up every image in computer data forms.

Through the use of digital video, the movie captured can be easily imported from one device to another, captured in a pc, sent through the Internet among many other possibilities. By having a digital video movie, users can work on it by using different software, media and devices.

Digital Video allows users to execute all the actions which a video involves through the use of other digital media and software which are compatible with the format used. This way, by shooting a digital video camcorder, its owner can record a movie by using DV format, manipulate it, store it and play it back any time he wants by using the camcorder or any other compatible device.

There are some important facts to have into account regarding digital video. One first important fact to know is that a video shot in digital video format with a DV camcorder and imported into a PC would averagely consume 1 Gig of disk space every 5 minutes of movie. It is important to remark that these calculations are based on compressed digital video.

Compressed digital video is the way in which a digital movie is usually stored due to the huge amount of space that uncompressed digital video would take to be stored. An uncompressed movie would take thousands of gigabytes to be stored, and therefore the software which must be used to store it compresses it by loosing any information which is irrelevant.

It is also important to know that, in order for the user to be able to import a DV video from one device to another he would need specific software for it. Some DV camcorders come with some DV related software, but depending on which step you wish to take with the video you might need new software for it.

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