What Is the Difference Between DVC & DVM?

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What Is the Difference Between DVC & DVM?
Some camcorders use mini cassettes to store digital video. (camescope image by Jerome Dancette from Fotolia.com)

MiniDV camcorders capture footage on miniature cassette tapes that use the digital video-compression format. DV is a media format used to play back digital video and images.


DVM stands for mini digital video cassette. The smaller tapes or cassettes are used in MiniDV camcorders. MiniDV cassettes are the smaller versions of the cassettes, which hold up to 11 gigabytes (GB) of data.


DVC stands for digital video cassette. The term also refers to the generic digital tape system. You can use the format to record, store and play back digital video images. Some camcorders are specifically designed to use the smaller cassettes.

Cassette Uses

Most major camcorder manufacturers have stopped producing MiniDV camcorders that use cassettes. Flash drives and DVDs are the more preferred digital storage formats, as of 2010.

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