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Old August 16th, 2002, 03:19 PM   #1
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Your favorite DV tape?

Is there a specific brand of tape you XL users prefer over all others? I'd rather invest in some good tapes from the get-go.
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Old August 16th, 2002, 03:53 PM   #2
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Panasonic Master Series (use both 63 and 83)
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Old August 16th, 2002, 06:34 PM   #3
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Panasonic AY-DVM63MQ

I have used Sony tapes in the past without any problems. However I have switched to Panasonic MQs. They are suppose to have better magnetics than some other tapes.

In general stick with 63 minutes tapes because I just do not have enough experience with 83s.

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Old August 16th, 2002, 07:16 PM   #4
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I use both the Panasonic MQ 63 and 83 Master series. Both are excellent . Recommended.

Whatever you use, stick with it and don't switch brands due to the potential for head clogs.
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Old August 19th, 2002, 05:33 PM   #5
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Panasonic AY-DVM63MQ

The Panasonic AY-DVM63MQ is my choice from now on!
Excellent tape and worth the $$! (but it's actually less expensive than all the lower quality tapes in most stores when I buy from "The Tape House" here in Burnaby, BC, Canada).
Cost is $7.99 for 63min and $14.65 for 83min (box Qty 5). That's all in Canadian dollars too.
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Old August 19th, 2002, 08:11 PM   #6
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I use Sony Premiums 63 minute length as a rule.

Haven't had any real problems or issues with this tape at all that warrant mentioning.

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Old August 20th, 2002, 11:16 PM   #7
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Sony MINI-DVCAMS?

What about the new Sony Mini-DVCAM tapes that can be used in the XL1?? Has anybody used these tapes? I've heard that they are probably the most robust type of Mini DV available.

If anyone can recommend the best quality MiniDV tapes for capture/ archival storage which one would it be?

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Old August 21st, 2002, 10:15 AM   #8
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I don't see a need for using DVCam tapes in a miniDV camcorder. Again, I primarily use SONY Premium 63 minute tapes, which you can buy off the web for under $6 each. I have shot in all types of conditions - from the Sudan where it was 110 degrees in the shade to the icy cold outdoors of Northern NH,,, no problems. The only two problems I can recall with these tapes are once I placed the label on the tape too close to the hinge and that caused the tape to jam in the camera (I was at fault, not the tape) and once we saw some dropouts on one tape tape where we were shooting in a very hot environment and were doing a lot of hiking and movbing around. I think this had more to do with the fact that the camera was being exposed to the sun a lot (we were using a VX1000 at the time) and it was getting bumped around a bit.

The tapes made by Panasonic are just as good - as well as the tape sold by Canon. In fact, the Canon tapes are actually made by Panasonic.

I just think that using DVCam tapes as a rule is completely overkill. The bottom line is to take care of the tapes when they are not being used. That means keep them all together in a soft padded case and make sure you keep each tape in its; own respective case that came with it. And don't forget to label the tape immediately after you use it, as soon as you pull it out of the camera! Don't "wait until later" to label them, only to end up with a bunch of unlabeled recorded tapes later in the day - this will certainly add to excessive handling and will in any case drive you nuts!

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Old August 30th, 2002, 12:47 PM   #9
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What about re-using tape?
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Old August 30th, 2002, 02:57 PM   #10
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I wouldn't re-use a tape more than once.

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Old June 18th, 2003, 02:42 PM   #11
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I will only use the Panasonic AY-DVM63MQ for my GL2. As a student, spending near $6 per tape seems kind of pricey to me since I was use to the days of buying Panasonic AY-DVM63PQ consumer tapes for my old Optura Pi. I also do not mix my tapes, from what I heard here, I just want to be safe.

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Old June 18th, 2003, 04:18 PM   #12
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I use SONY tapes and likewise never had any problems. I never use the same tape twice, and if I do its just cos I only used a little part of the tape and so recording over it, like testing camera functions or testing/recording edited stuff, etc. But for important events I use a fresh tape.
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Old June 18th, 2003, 04:34 PM   #13
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Old June 18th, 2003, 05:00 PM   #14
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panasonic 63 for me. best overall quality/price ratio if you ask me.
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Old June 19th, 2003, 07:06 AM   #15
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I use only the Sony Excellence tapes and for my projects I shoot Sony DVCAM 32N or 40N's.

I've never had problems with either and although they are the more expensive of the Sony DV tapes (Excellence is the top of the pro/consumer line) I am paranoid and would rather have that little extra range of quality and lower dropout range.


GREAT referal for the Premiums, Don.

The diff between the Premiums and the Excellence as I understand it is where it is cut from the big sheet of video. (shrug)

I'm still going to stick with shooting DVCAM for my film projects, at least I'm able to get them for cost through a contact.
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