Camcorder "bit" difference, does it make a difference?

in iPod + iTunes + AppleTV edited January 2014
I have heard that setting the camcorder on different "bit" settings, from 8, 12, and 16 makes a difference in quality, is that true? If so, will my Canon ZR-25 be able to be set to 16, as it is currently on 12? Also, will it even matter if I were able to set it to a higher bit level, because I want to know if it will impace old analog footage that I am converting from the VCR to mini DV, then onto DVD's later. Thanks


  • Reply 1 of 2
    curiousuburbcuriousuburb Posts: 3,325member
    16 bit audio recordings don't lose synchronization with video as easily/often as 12 bit audio

    higher numbers are often better... our amps go up to 11!
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    houseleyhouseley Posts: 147member
    Mmmm. As mentioned, 16 Bit is better for audio sync in editing software such as iMovie or FCE/FCP. Canon prosumer camcorders are notorious for losing audio sync and there really is nothing more irritating - way more noticable to a viewer than any visual deficencies in your footage.
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