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DV has a something of a focus on simplicity, so it can be encoded with primitive microprocessors and decoded quickly in an NLE. In particular, it's intra-frame: a DV file is basically an array of still-image files. That's useful for professional editing; it means however DV can't achieve nearly as high compression ratios as more complicated formats with P- ...
For archiving VHS I suggest using MPEG2 720x576 as the best format in terms of quality/space. DV is 12 GB per hour, but this is the best format for editing. H264 takes up much less space, but it is the delivery format, not for editing. MPEG2 is a compromise. In addition, you can burn them to DVD w/o reconverting.
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