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MicroMV videocassette
Media type Magnetic Tape
Encoding NTSC, PAL
Standard Interlaced video
Usage Home movies
MicroMV camcorder and tape (top) compared to miniDV and Hi8 tapes

MicroMV was a proprietary videotape format introduced in October 2001 by Sony. This videocassette is physically smaller than a Digital8 or DV cassette. In fact, MicroMV is the smallest videotape format — 70% smaller than MiniDV or about the size of two US quarter coins. MicroMV was the first helical scan tape system using MR read head introduced to the market. Each cassette can hold up to 60 minutes of video.[1]

The MicroMV format does not use the "DV25" codec used by the highly popular DV & MiniDV videocassette formats. Instead, it uses 12 Mbit/s MPEG-2 compression, like that used for DVDs and HDV. Footage recorded on MicroMV format initially could not be directly edited with mainstream DV editing software such as Adobe Premiere or Apple Final Cut Pro; instead Sony supplied its own video editing software MovieShaker (for Windows PCs only). Later versions of Ulead Video Studio and several freeware applications however could capture and edit from Sony MicroMV Camcorders.

MicroMV has not been a successful format. Sony was the only electronics manufacturer to sell MicroMV cameras. As of January 2006, Sony does not offer any new MicroMV camcorder models.

Software Supporting MicroMV

  • MovieShaker—Sony's own video editing software
  • DVgate Plus—Software by Sony for capturing clips, including MicroMV.
  • Pinnacle Studio versions 9—Captures clips and allows editing, DVD creation etc. Dropped from version 11.
  • GrabMV—Captures MicroMV clips.
  • FFMPEG—support for MPEG-TS playback
  • Blender—Video Sequencer supports editing of the MPEG-TS directly thanks to ffmpeg.
  • Apple iMovie 08 for Mac—Natively supports importing from MicroMV video cameras.
  • Ulead DVD Workshop 2—Includes MPEG MicroMV video capture plugin.
  • Windows Movie Maker - included free with Windows Vista Home Premium

See also


  1. ^ "Product: Micro MV Tape". Retrieved 22 August 2013. 

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