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Old May 21st, 2004, 06:10 PM   #1
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I understand there's no difference between different brands of Mini DV stock (apart from wet Sony vs. dry everything else, in terms of lubricants)... but are there in brand differences.

Like: is a standard Sony Mini DV tape really inferior to a 'Pro Master' (or whatever they call their most expensive) Sony Mini DV tape?

Would durability be the only difference?

I'm about the buy stock for a feature length project and am wondering...


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Old May 21st, 2004, 07:05 PM   #2
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A lot of this is marketing. Generally, more expensive tapes are better, or their makers would have us believe. I use Fuji and find it to be the best for me. I've never had problems with it.
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Old May 22nd, 2004, 04:16 AM   #3
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they are the same to me

yeah, but I'm saying I've reached a point where they are the same to me - your Fuji and my Sony... I don't perceive a difference between brands..

what I'm not sure about is 'in brand' differences, i.e. assuming a given company is making more than one spec of Mini DV tape, pricing them differently, are the higher priced ones better?
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Old May 22nd, 2004, 04:25 AM   #4
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There's only a few companies that make miniDV tape. Fuji is one of them, and they only make 1 high quality type. Why do you want to get razzle dazzled with the brands that have 99 different wrappings and prices? What cam are you using? Are you asking which one is best? Fuji and the high-end Pana is best, in my opinion, and Fuji makes at least some of the tape for Pana. I assume the pricier Sony tape is good too these days, unlike 5 years ago.
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Old May 22nd, 2004, 05:44 AM   #5
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Why do you want to get razzle dazzled with the brands that have 99 different wrappings and prices?

I'm not


What cam are you using?

JVC GR-PD1


Are you asking which one is best? Fuji and the high-end Pana is best, in my opinion, and Fuji makes at least some of the tape for Pana.

No, I'm not asking which brand is best
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Old May 22nd, 2004, 06:08 AM   #6
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Okay. Let's begin again.
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Like: is a standard Sony Mini DV tape really inferior to a 'Pro Master' (or whatever they call their most expensive) Sony Mini DV tape? Would durability be the only difference?
The lubes are different and the more expensive tape comes from the middle of the roll and not the ends. How's that?
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Old May 22nd, 2004, 06:19 AM   #7
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Yeah, that's what I'm asking.

Sorry if I wasn't clearer.

Anyone else?

To be more specific, hopefully clearer, here's a case in point.

Say I choose JVC Mini DV stock. The British JVC site offers various options including:

The standard M-DV60ME


The pro M-DV60PRO



JVC themselves simply advise people to master on the latter - they don't explain why. Maybe most people know. Can ya tell me? Anyone else know the actual difference beyond Frank's helpful advice that 'the lubes are different and the more expensive tape comes from the middle of the roll and not the ends...'

As I said previously, I'm about the buy stock for a feature length project and, just as I have previously gotten over the notion that there's a difference in picture quality from manufacturer to manufacturer... am wondering whether I should also get over the notion that there's a difference, WITHIN individual brands, between these 'standard' and 'pro' Mini DV stock offerings.


Thanks for the help.
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