Mini DVD to DVD video
conversion preserves 100% of the quality on the original
mini disc. Like full-size DVDs, Mini DVDs use the MPEG-2 encoding
format. This means that the video is heavily compressed, and
is therefore an "end-format" type of video (as compared
to raw DV video, which can be edited).
For this reason, if you copy Mini DVD video to your computer,
it is not advisable to edit it without a software program that
can natively edit MPEG-2 files without re-encoding. If you
want to edit your video, DV is still the best choice.
A Mini DVD can hold 1.4 GB of data, which is approximately
one-fourth the capacity of a regular DVD. Most Mini DVD camcorders
offer quality settings of 20 minutes (XP), 30 minutes (SP),
and 60 minutes (LP). Longer settings may also be available
on some camcorders, but keep in mind, the video quality suffers
as the recording goes longer. We advise that camcorder users
select the XP or SP setting whenever possible, which helps
greatly when we are converting Mini DVD.
Single-sided dual layer mini discs are now also available
for some Mini DVD camcorders. These discs double the length
of the recording time, but we can transfer Mini DVD video from
them as well.