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This page is dedicated to DV50 and products based on it.
DV50 is the underlying technology behind D-9,
DVCPRO50 and a number of other products in the market. Using dual DV (aka DV25)
codecs, DV50 data stream has a 3.3:1 compression ratio and 4:2:2 sampling, vs.
5:1 and 4:1:1 with DV.
There are two tape formats that adopted DV50: JVC's D-9 (formerly Digital-S),
and Panasonic's DVCPRO50. D-9 camcorders start at $8K, VTRs - at
$6K. Panasonic's DVCPRO50 gear is about 50% more expensive, on the
The image quality of DV50 compression is similar to that of Digital
Betacam. It is remarkably better than standard DV, offering significantly
less compression artifacts, and a better color resolution. DV50 is the
next step from standard DV, since it addresses the most evident DV shortcomings
in color resolution, compression artifacts, that make standard DV less suitable
for compositing and other color-intensive tasks.
- JVC with their
line of VTRs and cameras
Panasonic with DVCPRO50
Matrox with DigiSuite DTV
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