How much space does DV take up on a Computer?

Discussion in 'Video Cameras' started by John, Oct 18, 2006.

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    John Guest

    I have some MiniDV tapes of home movies that I'd like to get onto my
    computer to edit before I burn a couple of DVDs to give family members
    as gifts for Birthdays and Christmas etc.

    I am just wondering approximately how much space in GB would a 1 hour
    MiniDV tape take up on my system?


    John, Oct 18, 2006
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    Travis Guest

    I have a Sony Digital8 Handycam (DCR-TRV280) that captures really good
    quality. A 10 minute birthday party took up 4GB of my hard drive space.
    So 1 hour would take 24GB of hard drive space. I also use MiniDVs.

    But, if you don't have that much space to use then you probably
    couldn't video edit. I just directly record them to a VHS tape on my
    TV, or you could get a DVD video recorder on your TV.

    Of course, if you have a 250GB hard drive, but that's just an estimate.
    20 seconds of video uses 200MB if it matters.
    Travis, Oct 18, 2006
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    Tony Morgan Guest

    Tony Morgan, Oct 19, 2006
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    Jerry Guest

    Don't forget that you need around twice that space per GB though,
    space for the 'capture' (file transfer) and then space for the
    render, preferably the system drive should not be used.
    Jerry, Oct 19, 2006
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    G Hardy Guest

    Something is wrong with your setup, then.

    DV video is a shade over 3½ MB per second, which equates to just over 72 MB
    for 20 seconds or (as Tony said) just over 12 GB for an hour. Even if you
    factor in the confusion between decimal and binary GB, and assume DV type 2
    (which has an additional audio stream) you're still not supposed to be
    anywhere near 24 GB for an hour.

    If you're factoring in workspace too, you need to mention that, so the OP
    can assess its relevance to him. Of all the footage I shoot, I keep about a
    sixth, so even if I capture 100 GB, I've still enough for editing and a DVD
    build if I have 30 GB free after capture - but only just.
    G Hardy, Oct 19, 2006
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