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Old December 25th, 2007, 04:38 PM   #1
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Tape Change Question

I've been using the same Sony DV tapes since I bought my XL2, and for Christmas I was bought a pack of 5 Sony DV tapes, which are a tad different than the ones I've been using. Is it okay to use them since they are still Sony? The ones I have been using are actually the HD/DV ones which are a lot more expensive.

Is it worth getting a cleaning tape to switch to a cheaper brand? I also heard that Sony leaves a bunch of gunk on the heads anyways....

But then I heard that you shouldn't use cleaning tapes unless you need to because they wear down the heads.

Any help would rule. Thanks.

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Old December 25th, 2007, 07:56 PM   #2
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This question belongs in another section, but there's no harm in answering it here. Here's what I can tell you:

At my school, they exclusively use Sony brand DV tapes in all the equipment because Sony is the only company that consistently uses the same tape lubricant.

You're safe using any Sony tapes interchangeably, but if you switched to something like JVC or Panasonic, there's a chance you might muck up your heads and start getting the dreaded pixel drop.

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Old December 27th, 2007, 01:30 AM   #3
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thanks a bunch man!

sorry for posting in the wrong section, this is the only one ive ever looked at haha.

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Old December 27th, 2007, 07:44 AM   #4
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thanks a bunch man!

sorry for posting in the wrong section, this is the only one ive ever looked at haha.

cheers.
No problem brosef. There are a bazillion useful threads on this site. You should get to know them well. I feel like every question I've had about DV has already been answered twice by these dudes.
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Old December 27th, 2007, 09:43 AM   #5
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Is it worth getting a cleaning tape to switch to a cheaper brand?
You should have a cleaning tape no matter what. It's the best $15 you can spend on your camcorder.
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Old December 28th, 2007, 09:20 AM   #6
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You should have a cleaning tape no matter what. It's the best $15 you can spend on your camcorder.
Just note that Canon recommend that you NOT use the wet type as these can damage your heads. And I know I have read elsewhere that you shouldn't run the tape for more than 10 seconds during cleaning.
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