DV Mag by John Jackman HDV EDit In the world of professional video production, the HDV format has gone from novelty to viability in record time. The rapid changes began over a year ago when Sony introduced the HVR-FX1, and DV Contributing Editor Adam Wilt pronounced its compressed, MPEG-2 picture to be "better than it has any right to be." The release of the Sony HVR-Z1U upped the professional-quality ante, and HDV cameras from Canon, JVC, and Panasonic have streamed into the market. With slick editing solutions available from all of the major players-Apple, Avid, Canopus, CineForm, Lumiere HD, and others-the HDV format has arrived in a big way. Despite the sales success and broad acceptance of HDV, there is still an information gap in terms of how well it really performs. Although a lot of HDV units have been sold, a large number of DV readers are still on the fence about whether to buy into the format or not. read more...

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