What MiniDV Was and Is
When first created in the mid 1990s, MiniDV was the more compact answer to the 8mm videotape that was dominating the market at the time. The body of the tape was half that of a standard VHS videotape and even smaller than the reduced volume of 8mm tapes. It also had a tape width of about 1/4 inches.
In case you wondered what the "DV" stands for, it simply meant digital video. It was the first video format to provide digital quality images and could go up to 525 lines of resolution. Thanks to higher bandwidth, color resolution was also better. It's no wonder that it took off and became a standard as the VHS and 8mm video slowly died out throughout the 1990s and 2000s.
What made MiniDV even better was in the durability of the tape. Thanks to multiple layers, MiniDV tapes made back in the 1990s are probably still in good shape today. Two magnetic layers, a carbon layer and another layer of black coating provided the most durable videotape ever designed.
What Was the Fate of MiniDV?
Because of the high quality and portability of these mini tapes, they've never gone away completely. While recording tapeless has mostly taken over the camcorder market now, some professionals in the media still use the MiniDV format. A larger format was even created later that allowed up to four and a half hours of recording time. Nowadays, DV video can be transferred to flash memory cards or discs and turned into computer files.
As far as MiniDV tapes, they can still be bought in various time lengths from the same dealers who produced them years ago. Familiar names like TDK, Maxell, Sony, Fuji, Panasonic, RCA and JVC all still make the tapes. While it may not be in full mainstream use for the media, it's still a cheaper alternative for journalists or filmmakers working on budgets.
Perhaps you have some old MiniDV tapes in storage somewhere that contain home movies you want to preserve. We can do that for you here at Click-Scan-Share. With our attention to detail, we'll place the tape contents on a gold DVD for long-term preservation. Even if the original tapes still play well, you can't expect them to stay in good condition forever.
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