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HDV (High Definition Video) is a new video format that allows you to record high-definition video onto standard DV media (such as mini-DV tape) using a supported consumer-priced camcorder. You can connect an HDV camcorder to your computer through FireWire—just as you would with a DV device—to capture and output footage.
HDV uses MPEG-2 compression to achieve a maximum video data rate of 25 Mbps (megabits per second), which is the same data rate as DV. This means you can fit the same amount of high-definition video on your scratch disks as you can when using DV.