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#1 Tuly Roy

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Posted 25 August 2006 - 04:57 AM

can anyboby pls tell me between dv and dvcam which one gives better image resolution?
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#2 Matthew W. Phillips

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Posted 25 August 2006 - 05:45 AM

I'm not 100% about this but I think the resolution is the same with both. I think the main difference is that DVCAM is a bigger, better quality tape so there is less drop outs and archiving is a bit safer.
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#3 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 25 August 2006 - 06:44 AM

The difference in the tape speed: DV runs at 18.81mm/sec while DVCam runs at 28.215mm/sec.

There's no difference in resolution and you can record using MiniDV tapes in DVCam format cameras like the DRS570. The PD 150 has the option of recording on either format - the recording time is shorter on DVCam. Both use 25Mb/sec.

Although I suspect the higher tape speed would make DVCam less prone to drop out, this format's tapes are thicker than DV tapes, making them more robust for VT editing.

Edited by Brian Drysdale, 25 August 2006 - 06:45 AM.

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#4 Laurent Andrieux

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Posted 26 August 2006 - 09:46 AM

Have a look here : http://www.cinematog...?showtopic=8069

Its the question # 9.
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#5 Dan Goulder

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Posted 26 August 2006 - 10:49 AM

DVCAM timecode is locked to the frame. Mini-dv timecode can sometimes drift by a frame. This can be a potential problem if you're using the mini-dv format for offline editing while desiring a perfectly frame-accurate EDL. "Frame-locked" audio with DVCAM vs. "unlocked" audio with mini-dv is another difference, although I don't know if that ever creates a perceptible problem.
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