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Derek Fremd
Raw .DV vs AVI
on Nov 5, 2010 at 3:23:30 pm

Not sure where to post this newbie-like question but since I am editing in FCP will do so here. My HD workflow has been recording HDV to CF cards on my Sony HVRS270U. The MRC1 CF recorder on the camera can record in either AVI or Raw DV. I have been using the Raw but am unclear on the difference between that and AVI. Does one format offer advantages over the other?

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Tom Wolsky
Re: Raw .DV vs AVI
on Nov 5, 2010 at 4:33:30 pm

Neither is great for FCP. .dv is the muxed DV stream format used in iMovie, but needs rendering in FCP. AVIs will need rendering in FCP as well as the codec implementation is different from QuickTime, and FCP is QuickTime based.

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Rafael Amador
Re: Raw .DV vs AVI
on Nov 5, 2010 at 4:56:58 pm

If you have no other solution but ".dv' or"DV.avi", go to the DV.avi.
Re-wrap them as .mov with MPGStreamclip (save as..).
Fast; no rendering needed, no quality lost.

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