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Old July 1st, 2008, 09:42 PM   #1
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Just wondering what all of you guys are using for tape? I am using Panasonic PQ (Professional Quality) tapes and have noticed a dropout on nearly every tape! Are HDV tapes actually worth the extra dough? I was thinking that if others aren't having problems with the same tape that I should clean my heads, maybe.
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Old July 2nd, 2008, 02:20 AM   #2
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Ryan,
Suggest head cleaning is the solution. (I use about 5 seconds with Panny cleaning tape)
I originally got an HV20 (using cheap TDK Costco Tape) and an A1 (using PannyAMQ). Both cameras averaged one dropout per tape, so I got concerned and researched in this forum. Many folks recommended cleaning, especially before the first tape. I started cleaning before each important shoot (about 10 hour drum time intervals), and the dropouts went away. I recently got an HV30, cleaned it before use, and have yet to see a dropout.
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Old July 2nd, 2008, 08:53 AM   #3
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Just wondering what all of you guys are using for tape? I am using Panasonic PQ (Professional Quality) tapes and have noticed a dropout on nearly every tape! Are HDV tapes actually worth the extra dough? I was thinking that if others aren't having problems with the same tape that I should clean my heads, maybe.
I use SONY Premium Tapes. Dropouts occur maybe 1 out of 10?? Maybe.
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Old July 2nd, 2008, 02:32 PM   #4
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So what exactly do you guys use to clean the head???
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Old July 2nd, 2008, 10:08 PM   #5
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I use the Panasonic Dry Type Digital Video Head Cleaner Cassette (AY-DVMCLC). It works great. I use Maxell DVM60SE tapes. I've only run about 5 tapes through my HV30, but have not had any dropouts. Also, I agree that you should run the head cleaner before an important shoot. It only takes a few seconds.
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Old July 3rd, 2008, 11:37 AM   #6
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I use the Panasonic Dry Type Digital Video Head Cleaner Cassette (AY-DVMCLC). It works great. I use Maxell DVM60SE tapes. I've only run about 5 tapes through my HV30, but have not had any dropouts. Also, I agree that you should run the head cleaner before an important shoot. It only takes a few seconds.
Thanks! Even if it says for Mini-DV?
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Old July 3rd, 2008, 10:26 PM   #7
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Thanks! Even if it says for Mini-DV?
Yes. The heads don't know the difference, and neither do the tapes (DV tapes are perfectly good for HDV)
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