There can be a lot of jargon and technical speak when it comes to cine film transfer. To help you out we’ve listed a few terms here with their meanings.
8mm film – The film tape is 8mm wide.
9.5mm film – The film tape is 9.5mm wide. This is better quality than 8mm film.
16mm film – The film tape is 16mm wide. This is better quality than 8mm film and 9.5mm film.
AVI – (Audio Video Interleave) A multimedia video format than can store video and audio and allows synchronised audio-with-video playback.
Betacam – Professional videocassette products used from 1982. They can refer to a Betacam camcorder, a Betacam tape, a Betacam video recorder or the Betacam format itself.
Camcorder tape – A magnetic tape used for the recording of images and sound.
Cine film – A term used to refer when 8mm, 9.5mm and 16mm film formats are used for home entertainment.
Digital8 – A digital recording videocassette that uses 8mm film.
DV – (Digital Video) A format for storing digital video.
DVCam – This format uses locked audio, which prevents audio synchronisation drift that may happen on DV if several generations of copies are made.
DVD – (Digital Video/Versatile Disc) These are a digital disc storage format that offer higher storage format than compact discs whilst having the dimensions.
HDV – (High Definition Video) A format used for recording of high definition video on DV cassette tape.
Hi8 – (High-Band Video 8) A greater format to 8mm film.
Memory stick – A removable memory flash card that is used to store and transfer audio-visual files. This is a successor to Video8.
Mini DV – Used for recording DV, DVCAM and HDV.
MPEG – (Moving pictures expert group) An international standard for encoding and compressing video images.
SD card – (Secure Digital Card) is a non-volatile memory card format for use in portable devices, such as mobile phones, digital cameras, GPS navigation and tablet computers.
Super8 film – An improvement from the 8mm film
U-Matic – An analog recording videocassette.
VHS – (Video Home System) Used for playback of video and audio media into home entertainment systems.
VHSC – (Video Home System videoCassette) Used for recording video analogue recording camcorders.
Video8 – An analogue recording format.
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