Audio and Video transfers to CD and DVD | CD Makers, Sydney, Australia
Mini DV - one of the many audio formats that CD Makers can transfer.

Mini DV to DVD transfer

Mini DV produces excellent quality recordings when new, but like all helical-scan videotapes (such as VHS and Betamax), Mini DV tapes archive poorly.

If you have precious video recordings on Mini DV video tape, do not wait too long before having them transferred.

You can choose to have your recording transferred to high quality Japanese made recordable DVDs, archive-grade gold recordable DVDs, or you can supply your own hard-drive to have the files transferred to.

Transfer Options

  • Mini-DV to premium-grade recordable DVD.
    • Convienient - plays on computers equipped with an optical drive and stand-alone DVD players.
  • Mini-DV to archive-grade gold recordable DVD.
    • For precious recordings. Accelerated aging tests indicate that if these discs are handled and stored correctly, they will last for a hundred or more years.
  • Mini-DV to MPEG-2 or DV-AVI file.
    • Recorded to USB flash memory or external USB hard disk drive.
    • Many hours of video can be compiled onto a single USB drive.
    • Many modern televisions will play an MPEG-2 or MP4 video file directly from a USB drive.
    • Video files from a USB drive can easily be copied using a computer.
    • Conversion to MP4 (H264) and Prores available.
  • High-Definition Mini-DV tapes are digitally captured to an m2t file, a high-definition variant of MPEG-2 but can then be converted to other formats as required, such as MP4 (H264) and Prores.

Mini DV Specifications

Mini DV tapes look much the same as each other, but they can be recorded with various options. CD Makers can transfer Mini DV recorded with the following options:

  • TV System:
    • PAL (Australia)
  • Recording Speed:
    • Standard Play
    • Long Play
  • Resolution:
    • 576i (standard definition)
    • 1080i (high definition)

CD Makers currently has no facility to play Mini DV tapes recorded with the American NTSC format.

Maximum Duration

Mini DV Cassette Recording Speed Typical duration Number of DVDs required - good quality Number of DVDs required - best quality
60 minute Standard Play 1 hour 1 DVD 1 DVD
60 minute Long Play 1 hour 30 minutes 1 DVD 2 DVDs

The maximum duration of a DVD encoded with good quality is 2 hours.
The maximum duration of a DVD encoded with best quality is 1 hour.


Other pages relevant to Mini DV transfer:                                                            

Compiling and Editing

Fixing Squealing Tapes




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Australian copyright law prohibits commercially produced video tapes from being copied unless you have written permission of the copyright owner. The law that allows commercially produced music to be copied for personal use does not apply to video tapes.

CD Makers is very strict with copyright. For us to copy your audio or video, you or a member of your family must be the creator and the performer of the works that are recorded.

Otherwise you will need written permission from whoever owns the copyright.

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