MiniDV is one of several variations of the DV format for digital video. It is a small video cassette format for consumer video cameras. MiniDV uses the same compression algorithms as the DV format
The cassettes have a size of 65 x 48 x12 mm and a recording time of 60 minutes in normal operation and 90 (120) minutes in the extended long-term operation (Longplay). Thestorage capacity of such a magnetic tape is approx. 13 GB
. TheLongplay tapes are thinner and therefore more sensitive to damage.
MiniDV cassettes can also be recorded with the DV format and also with DVCAM.