Technical Papers on Digital Video (DV) and
IEEE-1394 (a.k.a. FireWire)

The folks at OakLeaf Music have an extensive background in video production using the 6-mm Digital Video (DV) format introduced by Sony Corp. in 1995. DV is now supported by virtually all of the Japanese producers of consumer/professional camcorders and VCRs. IEEE-1394 (also known as FireWire, an Apple Computer trademark, and i.LINK, a Sony trademark) is the digital interconnect for DV camcorders, DVCRs, and computers used for desktop video editing. Following is a list of the three technical papers on DV and IEEE-1394 on this site, as well as links to videos about DV and IEEE-1394 technology.

The Digital Video Format Describes the Digital Video (DV) format for consumer DV camcorders, such as the Canon XL-1 and Sony DCR-VX1000 used to capture content for "The Making of Show Me - The Video." (Updated March, 1999.)
Fire on the Wire: The IEEE-1394 High-Performance Serial Bus Explains the use of IEEE-1394 (FireWire®) bus to transfer DV data between camcorders; from camcorders to DV VCRs, such as the Sony DHR-1000; and to and from PC IEEE-1394 adapter cards like the DPS Spark used to edit "The Making of Show Me - The Video."  (Updated October, 1998.)

DV vs. Betacam SP:
4:1:1 vs. 4:2:2, Artifacts
and Other Controversies

Compares the video (luma and chroma) bandwidth of consumer DV and professional DVCPRO and DVCAM formats with that of Sony's analog Betacam® SP product line. The paper emphasizes differences between DV's 4:1:1 and ITU-R BT.601-4's (formerly CCIR-601) 4:2:2 sampling, particularly as the differences affect perceived image quality and chromakeying. (Updated September, 1998.)

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