Definition - What does MiniDV mean?
MiniDV is a type of digital format that was used for recording, storing, playing and manipulating media recorded through a camcorder. Introduced in 1995, MiniDV was a convenient solution to storing large amounts of video data digitally in one cassette. A MiniDV cassette can hold up to 11 GB of digitally recorded data on a 65-meter-long tape.
Techopedia explains MiniDV
MiniDV is a format which was used for recording and storing of digital media (mostly videos) in bulk. The word “mini” refers to the smaller-sized tape that is used inside the storage devices, as the MiniDV format was physically smaller than other commonly used storage tape formats.
MiniDV uses a lossy compression method for videos, whereas the audio is uncompressed. A discrete cosine transform (DCT) is employed where each frame of video is processed frame by frame. It is a high-quality digital storage format where sound and picture are very sharp and clear with excellent color reproduction.