Devices like DVRs or PVRs allow one to record a show or TV program for the users to watch later; the programs thus saved get stored on a memory hard drive. Digital video recording is possible with a separate stand alone box, but there are many electronics that have the DVR incorporated: this is the case with computers and mobile phones that have built-in digital cameras. There are even television sets that are manufactured with an incorporated digital video recording system.
People greatly appreciate the possibility to review the most interesting scenes or to skip advertisements which are possible thanks to the time-shifting technology. Microsoft commonly designs softwares for the DVR industry, which means that the support for the market sector is very high. Digital video recording now defines web applications enjoying an incredible public support. To understand the phenomenon it suffices to say that lots of satellite and cable service providers have incorporated digital video recording features in their set-top boxes.
With the growing dominance of digital television, digital video recording gained one further step to massive dominance since the digital stream broadcast by the channel is stored directly on the memory disk. And the 2003-introduction of the dual tuner changed things for the better once more. You can thus record a program on a channel while watching another one.
The combined camera-recorder or camcorder is one further innovation worth mentioning here. Moreover, recording, capturing and editing entered a new phase of evolution. The advantages of such a technology are very numerous, and we have come to use it extensively for a huge number of applications. Almost everybody now uses a camcorder when going on vacation or when trying to capture some very special motion pictures. Amateurish digital video recording has gained predominance.
The great part of digital video recording is that you don't have to be very skilled or have technical knowledge. Electronics run almost automatically when you have the right device. Professional videographers do take digital video recording at a different level of editing and processing, but they have the tools and the skills to perform very complex jobs with highly advanced camcorders. Just watch them at work and you'll see that it's an art and a science to shoot great digital pictures with a full manual control of the device.