VHS: The once-dominant standard videotape format for movie rental is still used for home and personal use.
SVHS: A higher quality industrial video format, allowing better fidelity in copying and editing than VHS, but which cannot be played in most VHS players.
DV: Means simply, “Digital Video,” and differentiates between digital and analog recording formats.
DVCAM: A proprietary digital recording format of Sony.
Mini DV:A non-trademarked digital video format which uses smaller tapes.
MPEG-1: The standard computer video file format in the legal profession and the kind in which you would receive your digital deposition videos. Other kinds of computer video file formats include Windows Media Video, Quicktime, and RealVideo.
MPEG-2: The standard video format for DVD-Video discs characterized by the presence of .vob files within the folders on the disc.
CD-ROM: A media storage disc, formatted for computer use in read-only capacity, suitable for storing an MPEG-1, or other data files. They require a CD drive on a computer to read.
DVD-ROM: A larger capacity media storage disc, formatted for computer Read Only Memory (ROM). These are capable of holding more than six times the data of a CD-ROM, and playable only on a computer with a DVD drive.
DVD-Video: A video disc format used for home entertainment videos such as movie rentals, etc. These discs are suitable when you need the highest quality video image on a portable medium, though are not compatible with most trial presentation software.
Synchronize: The process of creating a file which links the MPEG-1 video and an ASCII transcript so they play together in synch.