Choosing a Videotape Format and Equipment for Output

The tape format you choose for output affects the capture settings of your clips, your sequence settings, and the equipment you need. Before you begin your project, try to anticipate the format of your final master tape, as well as the format of any work-in-progress tapes you may distribute to other people on your team.

The most common output formats include:

Choosing an output video format determines your equipment requirements. For example, if you are editing DV and outputting to DV, your computer’s built-in FireWire port can transfer video to your camcorder or deck. On the other hand, if you are editing uncompressed video, your media files and sequence settings must use a video codec compatible with a third-party video interface which is then connected to your VTR.