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Video housing from Gates
Gates excellent product are certainly worth exploring. For those considering an underwater video system. More...
Ikelite's Underwater systems
Ikelite offers a wide range of housings for digital videorecorders. The clear polycarbonate cases provide a "comfort factor" by allowing visual assurance the system is safe with its unobstructed view of the camera information and control functions. More...
Digital videography is the way to go. Analog video formats (often called 8MM, Hi-8 or VHSC) are quickly becoming obsolete, for several reasons. Analog video relies on a continuous stream of video and audio information laid down onto magnetic tape. Any loss of data for any reason (such as imperfections in the tape, dirt on the recording heads, etc) introduces unrecoverable errors visible during playback. Dropouts, snow, fuzz, and blank screens are all imperfections of the process. Copies of analog videotape are degraded further for the same reason, contributing to what is called "generation loss". Analog video is an unforgiving format.
Digital video eliminates all of these problems. The picture seen by the camcorder is converted in to digital data1's and 0'sand laid down to magnetic tape, but with error corrections built in. If part of the data is missing or corrupted, the data on either side of the damaged piece is used to reconstruct the image. You have no image degradation. In addition, generation loss is eliminated because the data bits can be reproduced infinitely and still be reconstructed into a perfect image. In summary, digital video is far superior to analog video in all respects. The cost of digital camcorders is now nearly that of analog, so a new housing purchased today will almost surely utilize the digital format. You will find crisp, clear and impressive video images through the use of digital camcorders.The developments of digital videography are constantly moving forward so we are not discussing particular models on this page. Please refer to our Underwater Videography page for more information on products and manufacturers.
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on Underwater Videography
Pisces Guide to Shooting Underwater Video: A Complete Guide to the Latest Techniques
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