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Old February 15th, 2011, 11:10 AM   #1
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HVR-Z1U best tape to use

Hi All

Recently purchased a HVR-Z1U on ebay. I purchased this from a ebay store, and they do not know what brand of tape was used by the previous owner.

I purchased a few Sony DVM85HD tapes to use as all I have at the moment are Sony DVCAM tapes and DVM60 tapes for my PD150 and 170. I have used a Sony DVCAM/HDV professional cleaning tape. Just wondering if the DVM85HD tapes are the best to use for everyday HDV footage, or if I am better off using another brand? I have a friend of mine who has been using fuji tapes from day one in his XHA1 and has never had a dropout. I have a dropout every once in awhile although I use the same brand tape (Sony) with a mix between DVM60's and PDVM-40 tapes in my PD150 & PD170s. I know these are much older cameras, however there are only a few hundred drum hours on them and heads are cleaned once every few months, and once before a paid gig.

I also use a DSR-30 deck to ingest my footage from the DV tapes, however I will have to be using my camera for the HDV footage for now until i get a new deck or a MRC1 which I am looking at.

Just wondering what brand/model tape people have had the most success with the Z1U and maybe even the PD150 and 170 as i am havinvg dropouts with the DVM60s.

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Old February 15th, 2011, 01:38 PM   #2
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I've used the Sony PDVM-40's and 32's in both my PDX10 and rented Z1Us with no problems. I recently switched to using the PDVM-63HD cassettes for both and have not had any problems. I also use DVM60s on occasion when I have to buy tape in a hurry and don't have time to order. My preference these days is definitely the PDVM-63HD. I've also used the more expensive PDVM-63DM but doesn't seem to give any extra bang for the buck.
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Old February 15th, 2011, 04:49 PM   #3
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Sorry put this in the wrong category. Should have been for Z1u
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Old February 18th, 2011, 10:44 AM   #4
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I've run nearly 300 DVM60's through my Z1U (and HV30, and previously PD150) and haven't had any dropout issues.
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Old February 18th, 2011, 03:48 PM   #5
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DVM60's here too. I've used hundreds of them in my VX2000, Z1 and HV20.
It's the only stock I've ever used, probably best to choose a stock and stick to it.
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