How to Digitize Video Recordings

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Although language documentation is primarily concerned with sound, video can be useful for providing context and for the analysis of gestures. Transferring analog or digital video to a computer can enable you to make presentation copies on DVDs to share with others, or to provide downloadable or streaming video on the web. Unlike audio, digitizing analog formats is not yet recommended as the primary means of preservation, because uncompressed formats are needed for archiving, and uncompressed video requires enormous amounts of storage space. However, even compressed copies are better than no copies at all.

Newer camcorders record video in a digital format, but in order to share it with others, you will need to transfer it to a computer. Older equipment creates video in an analog format, which is digitized when it's transferred to the computer. However, the procedure is similar for both. Here is a general outline of the digitization process.

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The Digitization Process

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