High Definition Video (HDV) is the most established format for HD moviemaking at home. As with MiniDV, footage is captured to tape but at a far higher resolution – resulting in superior image clarity, depth and detail. On models such as the
HD Camcorder HV10 and new HD Camcorder HV20, Canon’s HD CMOS video sensor captures images in true 1920x1080 pixel resolution – the same picture size as the best High Definition TVs. Standard Definition recording is also possible. Of all consumer HD
formats, HDV is the most convenient for post-shoot editing on a computer.
HD recording requires the most complex technology and highest quality components. As such, HDV camcorders tend to have a large number of features and options. Besides USB and FireWire, some include HDMI connectivity for single-cable
audio-visual connection to TV – along with all the standard functions found on MiniDV and DVD models.