What the Difference Between HDV and DV Format Video

What's the difference between HDV and DV format video? It's the same as the difference between high and standard definition. In the early days of digital video, which is what DV stands for, we only had one choice in terms of the image's resolution. That was standard definition, and it was 720 by 480 pixels. Every camera operated at that resolution, and the only way to get a better picture was to have great lenses and an image sensor that could process a lot of colors.

Then HD came out. We were now capable of recording images and playing them back at resolutions of 1920 by 1080 pixels or 1280 by 720 pixels. With HD you get a much clearer picture than you do with SD.

With DV and mini DV as the standard recording formats for digital camcorders, the next step in the evolution process was HDV: tapes that could record high definition images, too. They were a huge hit in the video community. 

Thus, the difference between HDV and DV video formats is that HDV records in high definition and DV records in standard definition. You should know, though, that HDV has been slowly disappearing in favor of recording HD video onto digital memory cards.

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