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Old May 12th, 2002, 09:07 AM   #1
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MiniDV tape length

I have some 83 minute Panasonic miniDV tapes on order to try out. Anyone out there tried lengths greater than 60 minutes? Any problems? Suggestions?
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Old May 12th, 2002, 11:41 AM   #2
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I've never had a problem with them but I record in SP mode only. If you need longer times, consider a FireStore direct-to-disk solution. I record three hour events with my XL1 this way.

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Old May 13th, 2002, 04:06 PM   #3
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I have read that longer length tapes are more prone to stretching, which is why 60 min tapes are recommended. I, however, have never tried a longer tape to see if it is true.
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Old May 13th, 2002, 04:27 PM   #4
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I have used the Panasonic 83 min tapes (SP mode only) and have never had a problem with them. I would, however, recommend that you only record to them once (a good practice for all tapes). If the mylar backing really is thinner (as others have reported) the tape may be a bit more fragile than the standard lengths.
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