HD digital camcorders, such as the famous Panasonic, Sony, Canon and JVC, record video in a number of different file formats. After figuring out the specific features and usages of each video format supported by these HD camcorders, we may take advantages of the files.
Basically, the family-use digital camcorders nowadays often apply MiniDV format, whose horizontal resolution reaches as high as 500 above. The standard recording time of a MiniDV tape is 60min, while it can be prolonged to 90min if choosing LP mode. With the arrival of digital HD television age, the digital companies Sony, Canon, Sharp and JVC have created HDV, a new high resolution video format compressed in MPEG-2. Some authorized digital cameras and camcorders shoot videos in MOV format. The MOV formatted file with lossy compression is slightly higher in image effect than AVI file.
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The following are the general digital formats used in Camcorders:
DV (1995): The DV format was initially developed by Sony and designed to store digital video onto magnetic tape. The DV standard turned into the most universal standard-definition digital camcorder technology for the next decade. It was the first to realize capturing footage for video editing without special hardware, using the 4-pin or 6-pin Firewire sockets common on computers at the time.
HDV (2004): Similar to DV format, it is very memory-intensive but produces quality video. It records up to an hour of HDTV MPEG-2 signal on a MiniDV cassette. At an aspect ratio of 16:9, 1080i/720p, it is compatible with the current HDTV. For example HDR-FX1 produced by Sony is the pioneer using HDV format.
MPEG-2: As a codec-based format, MPEG2 records MPEG-2 program stream or MPEG-2 transport stream to various kinds of tapeless standard and HD media (hard disks, solid-state memory, etc.). MPEG-2 is more commonly found in traditional expensive camcorders. The quality is higher than that of pocket camcorder models. An MPEG-2-based model is a fine choice if you're more interested in viewing high quality, standard definition camcorder footage on a TV. However, MPEG2 format is comparatively backwards with small compression rate and large file size, which makes it not easy to upload to the Web or send in an email. So you’d better find a video size compression solution.
H.264/MPEG4: H.264 is a new video codec standard which can achieve high quality video in relatively low bitrates, and is usually stored in tapeless media. It refers to the compressed video using the H.264 codec in an MPEG-4 file. H.264 or MPEG4 has a good balance between video quality and memory consuming, and they are very web-friendly.
AVCHD: This is an advanced format with great compression (compressed in H.264 format, not MPEG-4) and high efficiency. It puts H.264 video into a transport-stream file format. An AVCHD camcorder is able to capture very high quality video and burn an HD video to a standard DVD disc, which can be played back on a Blu-ray player. AVCHD format can be found on most Canon, Sony, and Panasonic HD camcorders. However, this format has high requirement on the hardware for post processing. At present, high-end PC can edit AVCHD video normally.
Multiview Video Coding (MVC): As the 3D Blu-ray technology, it is amendment to H.264/MPEG-4 AVC video compression for sequences captured from multiple cameras using a single video stream; backwards-compatible with H.264.
It all boils down to one simple fact that the formats of each camcorder are preset by the system and cannot be changed by ourselves. If you need high image quality, just set it to "HQ". The video formats output by HD-camcorders will be very sharp on HDTVs (4K Ultra HD included), but are not optimized for LCD TVs. It you need to edit or post-process the camcorder videos, or play them on different devices and players, please read the following tutorial.
Apart from JVC, majority of consumer camcorders in currunt market use AVCHD format. And the file extension of AVCHD format is .m2ts / .mts.
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* Supported Input Formats:
mts, m2ts, mpeg4, h.264, avc, mpg, mpeg, mpe, ts, mov, mkv, mod, tod, avi, wmv, wmp, ram, ra, rpm, rt, dv, m1v, m2v, m4v, flv, vob, divx, xvid, rmvb, rm, asf, 3gp, 3gpp, 3g2, 3gp2, qt, dat, webm, vpx, vp8, wtv, vp6, m4k, tp, tpr, pss, pva, jpg, png, bmp
* Supported Output Video Formats:
Chromecast, MP4, AVC, AVI, WMV, MKV, MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, RM, 3G2, 3GP, ASF, WEBM (VP8), FLV, F4V, SWF, DV, MOV, FLV, VOB, MTS, AVC HD, MKV HD, MPEG HD, AVI HD, WMV HD
* Supported Output Device Formats:
iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, iTunes, iDVD, iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Air Playit, HTC, Samsung, Galaxy Tab, Kindle Fire, Google Nexus 7, New Nexus 7, Huawei, Lenovo, Acer, Asus and general pads and mobiles, WP8, Surface tablet, Xbox, Zune, PSP, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Xperia, Nokia, Blackberry, PDA, Zen
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