OK, so I swear that this is not a commercial for Amazon.com. I just like Amazon.com. It's a great place to go shopping for nerdy equipment. Now, you'll notice as you start scrolling through these cameras as you're looking through cameras on Amazon or wherever you're looking, and there are many different ways that cameras use to save information, and this is huge. One way that's getting popular is the DVD. So as you're recording your movies, it records straight to DVD. So you can take the DVD out of your camcorder and just stick it right in your DVD player and it's already set and ready to go on DVD.
Perhaps still the most popular, the one that's been the standard for several, several years is MiniDV tape. This is a little tiny tape that fits right about there- actually it would to be on the other side of this camera, that's the view finder- but it's not that size. It fits right in that little compartment right there and it records to this tape called MiniDV tape. It's kind of like a super, super tiny VHS tape except really high quality unlike VHS. Another way that's also becoming popular is to store data on a hard disk.
So this Sony DCR-SR 42 saves to an external hard disk right off the bat. So instead of having to capture footage, in other words take it from your tape and convert it to the video files, your camera has already done that for you. It's already made that video files and put that right there on your hard disk so you have to just drag and drop. That's all you have to do. Now, let me scroll back up here, because there is definitely some pluses and minuses to each format. For DVD the pluses obviously that you just pull right off your camera and stick in your DVD player. The downside is for people like you and me that would like to edit their video.
It's much more difficult to extract those data files from a DVD and put them into Premiere Elements then it would be had you just used DV tape or a hard drive. DV tape, my personal preference, just because it's an old standard. I would be careful if I were you, when somebody says we have this new standard or we're using a different kind of tape or a different type of hard drive file format whatever. Old standards are really good for video because everybody accepts them. They are usually very compatible with lot of stuff, just generally a good idea to use.
Yes, you do have to capture the footage. Yeah it does kind of bite a little bit, but I still prefer MiniDV for my video work. Lastly, the hard drive solution, it's great because it definitely speeds things up because it's already converted to a video file format for you. The downside is that most camera manufacturers save to some screwy format on the hard drive that most video program don't recognize. So the one format that looks to be the most promising, in other words saving to a hard drive, often can be the most frustrating to deal with.
So these are all issues that you should take into consideration when you're looking to get a camera. There are other formats out there. Those are I think the top three. Often other camera will save to cards and little disks and portable storage and that type of thing. But those are the three biggies I think out there right now. Now, another issue that we were going to talk about in the next movie, again probably using Amazon so just prepare yourself for it, is this Optical Zoom stuff. You hear lot about Optical Zoom, Digital Zoom, what's that about? That's what we're going to cover in the next segment.
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