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Old July 3rd, 2008, 02:09 AM   #1
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start using other tapes

Hi,

I bought the XH-a1 and allready have the HV20.
On my XH-a1 I use the panasonic miniDV AMQ mastergrade tapes.
On the HV20 i use the Sony HDV DVM63HD tapes.

The problem is, the sony HDV tapes are much more expensive then the panasonic
tapes. I would love to use the panasonic tapes in my HV20 also.
I know I shouldnt be switching tapes. But does anyone know if it could harm
when i switch tapes 1 time and then stick with the panasonic tapes.
Should it be a problem?
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Old July 3rd, 2008, 10:55 AM   #2
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You can switch tapes. I would recommend running a head cleaning tape like the Panasonic Dry type cleaning cassette before you start using the new tapes.
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Old July 3rd, 2008, 11:50 AM   #3
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I heard that some of the head cleaning tapes can harm
your system because they are kind of agressive. Is this true or
is it another made up story?
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Old July 3rd, 2008, 12:02 PM   #4
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head cleaning tapes are okay if they aren't used very often.

I started out using Panasonic PQ series tapes in my A1. The first few tapes worked fine, then I switched to AMQ series. They were okay but do not come in an 83 minute length. Now I use Sony HDV tapes. The 63 minute ones work without a dropout, but the 85 minute ones occasionally.

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