High-Def Camcorders

If you have a Hi-Definition TV, you appreciate the sharp vivid images of Hi-Definition Video (HDV). When I first turned on my hi-def TV, I was shocked that I could see the blades of grass on the football field.

Should you pay the extra bucks to get a Hi-Definition camcorder? Watch the video to find out.



Recording video in HDV brings the enjoyment of seeing your recordings in higher quality and being able to enjoy that higher quality in the future. Isn't something worth recording, worth doing so in high quality? HDV, here today at relatively lower cost allows the consumer to make recordings that rival those made from equipment costing tens of thousands of dollars a few years ago.

The problem is that 'relatively lower' cost is still in a thousand dollars for the low-range and three thousand dollars and up for mid-range.

But the bigger problem is that today's HDV camcorders record their videos in MPEG-2 format. MPEG-2 is what professionals call a 'lossy' format. Once you try to edit the video, you really see the effects of not storing 100% of the image resolution. Images skip and jump. Because of that reason, I do not recommend a High-Definition camcorder at this time.

As I write this, there's talk of new HDD camcorders that will record videos in more improved MPEG-4 format. When that becomes mainstream, I might switch to a HDD camcorder. HDD is very convenient because it is tapeless – no need to upload video files, just access them like the camcorder was another hard drive.

But for now, HDD captures in the inferior-quality MPEG-2 so I'll stick with my Mini-DV camcorder.

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