Options for recording as well storing data are crucial elements in video recording; particularly in choosing a device. There are several different options and all have benefits.

Media and Memory in Video CamerasFlash memory is a good choice for both recording SD and HD videos. It is an easy method to transfer files from the card to an editing program, and because of its small size, can work in small camcorders.

Hard disk cameras have internal hard drives built right into each camera. As it takes about 4 GB of memory to record one hour of video, some of these types of cameras have upward of 60GB of hard drive space. It is still fairly easy to transfer data, however, to an editing system or even directly to DVD, using the camera manufacturing transfer device.

Some cameras also come with external hard drives, which are useful for recording very long pieces – up to six hours of HD recording. The drive can then connect direct connect to an editing system for immediate editing.

Hard Disk Recorders can replace standard tape desks and are used for both SD and HD recording in a high quality format.

Recordable DVD recorders were, until recently, aimed at the consumer market. They find a blank section on a disk for recording and automatically do so, eliminating the need to rewind or fast forward. They also use an index screen, helping the user find a particular scene. After shooting, the disc is immediately playable in any DVD player.

XD Cam Disc cameras use an optical disc with blue-violent laser technology. This is a professional camera system that can record hours of HD on a dual-layer disc with a 50 GB storage capacity on rewritable discs.