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Old March 26th, 2004, 02:57 PM   #1
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DVCAM with Panasonic 80 min using PD170?

Has anyone had any issues with Panasonic EJ 80 minute tapes on a PD170 using DVCAM? The camera reports 56 minutes of available tape.

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Old March 26th, 2004, 03:04 PM   #2
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Aren't 80 minute tapes thinner than 60 minute tapes? And running at DVCAM speed, I don't know, I'd stick with 60 minute tapes. They're thicker and can probably handle the higher speed better. Just my opinion.
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Old March 26th, 2004, 03:11 PM   #3
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There have been a lot of tape discussions around here already. Interestingly, in another thread somebody wrote that Panasonic didn't even recommend using those tapes in the DVX-100, not because it would damage the camera, but because of tape stretch issues. Makes you wonder what they are intended for...

Personally, I only use Sony tapes in my VX-2000 and PDX-10. Again, lots of discussion on this topic already. Apparently there are differences in lubricants between the different manufacturers, so why take chances?
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Old March 28th, 2004, 02:27 AM   #4
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Hi John,

This really depends on your application. if you are shooting commercially I would not recommend you use the 80 minute tapes (Sony also makes the DVM-80PRL 80 minute tape). These types of tapes are designed for the consumer market and (it's been mentioned earlier in this thread) are thinner and more likely to stretch.

I would also be concerned about the possibility of a tape jam at DVCAM speed with the thinner tapes.

If you are looking for extended running time on DVCAM, I would suggest that you go to an external deck connected via Firewire (excuse me Sony, iLink!) using the full size DVCAM tapes. I typically use a DSR50 but you could also use a DSR25 or even a DSR11 depending on what you are doing and your budget.

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Old March 28th, 2004, 08:07 AM   #5
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For that matter, if you need to record for 60 minutes, why not just switch your camera to DV SP? Highly unlikely that you will experience any problems with this.
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