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Why the DV format still matters to filmmakers

by Iain Alexander.

HD is the standard but we can’t forget about DV just yet. There are many good reasons why DV still has it’s place in independent filmmaking, and for young people who are learning the craft of making films.

First of all, DV is a standard definition format that doesn’t require such a powerful editing suite to tap its potential. You don’t need 8mb of ram, Final Cut pro X and the latest apple processor to render effects and color changes with a DV editing timeline.

SD (Standard definition) is still a widely viewed format on the web, and a majority of videos on Youtube are running in low-res modes. Not everyone can stream HD 720p or 1080p for that matter, so SD is still very much relevant. Even for those of us with 15mb connections, we don’t necessarily need 720p to enjoy the contents of the video.

So if you’ve got an old school Panasonic DVX100

, or Sony’s classic PD150
, it’s still cool! The bonus on top of that is, all DV cameras are much cheaper than their professional counterparts. There’s a bargain to be had, especially if you are learning how to make films and want 3 CCD cameras (semi-pro standards).

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