DV to DVD transfer at Timeless DVD covers
the DV variant created by Sony called DVCAM. This format is
intended for professional video production. Using the same
Digital Video (DV) codec as in Mini DV tapes, the tape consists
of digital information rather than an analog signal.
A DVCAM cassette is also called "L size." The tape's
casing is 120mm x 90mm x 12mm, roughly between a Video8 tape
and Betamax tape in size. The tape itself is a slender quarter-inch
wide and tied between two spools. Both DVCAM and Mini DV include
a small embedded memory chip, which can be used to sample still
frames from edits.
DVCAM is a variant on the DV standard, which also includes Mini
DV and DVCPRO, as well as Digital 8, which records digital video
in a slightly different tape format. DV as a format was first
launched in 1996, but did not gain wide acceptance until the
turn of the millennium. The DV codec is known for its intraframe
compression for easy edits, a standard interface which enables
easy transfer to NLEs, and better video quality than that offered
by the 8mm formats and VHS-C.
The DVCAM variant was developed by Sony and is frequently used
for independent filmography and prosumer shooting. Panasonic's
larger-size DV variant, DVCPro, was created for high-end newsgathering
and events, such as local recital
We transfer DV, but Timeless DVD does not
currently handle DVCPro as part of our DV transfer to DVD offerings.