DV format

DV is the DAT of video, except that unlike DAT, it has become a popular consumer format. These Tapes use 6mm tape in a compact package. The video is compressed by 5 to 1 – the same ratio as minidisk. DV looks fantastic compared to analog domestic formats like VHS. DV is good enough to broadcast, but it would be better used for documentaries rather than professional television programming. It can also be used for anything where the message is more important than the medium. With a good lens and lots of light, DV can give professional video formats a scare.

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