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Old December 28th, 2003, 11:27 PM   #1
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Is there a certain recommended brand/model of tape for shooting movies/film

Is there a certain recommended brand/model of tape for shooting movies/film on a DV camcorder? Would the "Professional" series of a tape make any difference in recording wise (image/sound) or stability and probably be used for shooting movies or a big project rather than recreational use? I have a GL2 and I want to shoot a big project (2-3hours) movie -- currently I use the Panasonic DVM60EJ series which are standard, any useful advantages for using a better panasonic model?
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Old December 29th, 2003, 01:49 AM   #2
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David,
Definitely so a Search on this topic. As this is probably one of the top 5 questions here we must have hundreds of threads on the topic. None of which, by the way, present a definitive answer to your question.

Bottom line:
- Use the best tape you can possibly afford. Although this is a digital medium there are differences in grades, such as better substrate and minimal abrasion. These differences may or may not be a factor for your work. But for the relatively small additional cost of using a good grade of tape, why risk it?

- Pick a brand (and probably a grade, too) and stick with it.
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Old December 29th, 2003, 03:13 AM   #3
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In that case, I believe it isn't recommended to mix different BRANDS of tapes, but what about SAME brand, different MODELs/quality? If I say I stick with Panasonic but the first few months use standard, then maybe use some more professional tapes -- you think that would be okay?
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Old December 29th, 2003, 04:00 AM   #4
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I have some info here with further tape info links:

http://www.dvfreak.com/tape.htm
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Old December 29th, 2003, 09:27 AM   #5
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Dave,

Like Ken and Frank have said, do the search. There are tons of posts on this subject and there is not definative answer.

Find a good profssional brand and stick with it. The difference in price are small and not worth the headaches.
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<<<-- Originally posted by David Ho : If I say I stick with Panasonic but the first few months use standard, then maybe use some more professional tapes -- you think that would be okay? -->>>

That's probably fine. In my opinion, the PQ Panasonics are probably ideal for the serious / advanced hobbyist. If you can afford the MQ's, better yet.
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Old January 1st, 2004, 05:24 AM   #7
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Ok. I'm sticking with the DVM63MQ series. Just ordered a few packs of them. I haven't used my GL2 yet (Got the camcorder last 2 days and deciding which tapes to use), and from what I've read, I wouldn't want to risk the damages for a small price. Think I made a good decision? So, I guess I'll be sticking to the MQs forever. I've invested a great amount of money on the GL2, and I want it to have maximum longevity.
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Old January 1st, 2004, 01:52 PM   #8
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Fuji

From what i hear fuji is a good brand and on the low cost end. It's not a pro tape but I have never heard if ot letting anyone down.
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