Sony DCR-TRV18 User Manual

Mini dv handycam, Camcorders, The mini dv story

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Digital Imaging Training Guide

The Foundation of the Format

Digital video was once the exclusive province of broadcasters
and video professionals. The Mini DV format changes all that,
using advanced compression, videotape and recording
technologies to make digital performance available to everyone.

Studio Quality Digital Pictures

Better than broadcast resolution.

A maximum resolution of

530 horizontal lines.

Three times the color information of VHS.

Separate R-Y,

B-Y color “components” provide far brighter, richer, more
vibrant color. You’ll see digital quality that analog systems
just can’t record.

Minimum generation loss.

With digital copies, you won’t

experience the annoying quality loss when
you edit videos and share the results with
friends and family.

CD Quality Digital Sound

16-bit two-channel sound.

DV offers the

same 16-bit PCM stereo sound quality as the Compact Disc.
So customers enjoy a breathtaking 96-dB dynamic range and
full 20-to-20,000-Hz frequency response.

12-bit, four-channel sound.

At your option, you can record in

12-bit mode with two sets of stereo tracks—one for the
original sound and another for adding music or narration.



Connectivity and Digital Editing

The i.LINK


(IEEE 1394 DV input/output) connector and PC

editing software are now featured in millions of home PCs.
Which means you can shoot, connect, enhance, edit and copy
the results back to tape to share with friends and family!

Cassette Memory

Sony Mini DV Handycam


camcorders take advantage of the 4K

bit Memory Chip available in selected DV cassettes. You can
perform Tape Titling, Index Titling and Title Search to speed up
or for quicker access to recorded scenes.

Analog Inputs with Digital Conversion

Sony Mini DV Handycam


camcorders also offer analog inputs.

So you can archive your older analog recordings on compact,
durable Mini DV cassettes. And of course, this footage then is
available for digital editing on a PC through i.LINK



Prosumer Performance

Sony has endowed the Mini DV line with “prosumer” features,
enhancements that blur the distinction between amateur and

3-CCD image block.

Almost every consumer camcorder has a

single CCD image sensor. But almost every broadcast camera
has three. Sony’s Mini DV 3-CCD camcorders render beautiful

color, dramatically reducing smear and bleed.

Mega Pixel image sensors.

Selected DV camcorders

can capture still images at almost two times the
standard VGA resolution. Both still images and video
benefit from increased resolution.

Carl Zeiss


Vario Sonnar T* lenses.

Because a

picture can’t be any better than the lens that helps
capture it, Sony incorporates professional-grade
lenses from the legendary Carl Zeiss. The T* coating
minimizes lens “flare” in sunlight, preserving
maximum contrast and resolution.

Enhancing the DV Experience

The range of Sony DV functions and features continues to grow.

Still image capture.

Every Sony Mini DV Handycam


camcorder offers Digital Still Memory Mode, which saves still
images onto the supplied Memory Stick



MPEG movie mode.

MPEG movies can be stored on Memory



media and distributed in emails, on websites or in




Bluetooth™ wireless networking.

Selected Sony Handycam


camcorders can also transfer information from Memory Stick


media to the Internet. The camcorders can communicate with
the BTA-NW1 Bluetooth™ adapter (select models) or with
other compatible Bluetooth™ devices such as cell phones.
You can even use the camcorder to send and receive emails
or browse the web—right on the LCD screen!


Mini DV Handycam



The definition of digital.

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