Video editing terms explained – Part 4: Popular Recording formats

Want to capture video but confused about the different formats available?  Read this fourth article in a series explaining key video terminology.


Digital Video, or DV, is a generic term that refers to the capture and playback of video digitally as well as the name of a specific video format. DV was originally developed for recording onto magnetic tape however the development of tapeless camcorders means DV can now be recorded onto hard drives and memory cards.  This makes it easy to capture and store high-quality video on devices like digital cameras and smart-phones, as well as making footage more accessible and easier to edit.

In 2003, DV was superseded by High Definition Video (HDV) which established a common and affordable format for capturing high definition video amongst professional and amateur movie makers. 

While HDV is still widely favoured by professionals today, a newer format, AVCHD, has since emerged and has become a popular format. Camcorder manufacturers favour its high-definition video quality while offering smaller, compressed file sizes.  Compatibility with the Blu-ray Disc format means that AVCHD files can be burned straight to Blu-ray Discs without any video conversion required.

If you have a question about this post, or would like to know more about a particular aspect of video recording & editing, let me know and I’ll try my best to answer it over the coming weeks.

This is the fourth post in a series about video editing terms. Read the rest here:

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  1. December 25, 2012