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Updated 16/11/2012Home » Video Glossary » MiniDV

MiniDV

MiniDV is a video cassette designed for use in MiniDV digital camcorders. The picture quality of digital video (DV) recorded on a MiniDV cassette is basically identical or better to the quality of DV recorded on a Hi8 or 8mm cassette by a Digital8 camcorder.

Mini DV can have up to 530 lines of video resolution for some camcorder models. However, Mini DV tapes are smaller which allows for smaller camcorders. Mini DV tapes are available in lengths of 30 and 60 minutes (plus, recording in LP mode lets you extend total recording time with a 60-minute tape to 90 minutes).