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Old October 21st, 2004, 11:26 AM   #1
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Using NON-DVCAM tapes in DVCAM MODE

Can I use non mini DVCAM tapes when shooting in DVCAM mode? What are the pros and cons?

I am asking because I am at the crossroads of buying, in bulk, either DVCAM or regular mini dv tapes. I want to stay within brand and type so as not to experience the lubricant mixing issues.
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Old October 21st, 2004, 11:34 AM   #2
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Only a partial answer...

http://bssc.sel.sony.com/Professiona...VCAMmedia.html

This is a Sony site and leaves my questions somewhat unanswered.

1) DVCAM tape is stronger with fewer dropouts.

I understand that BUT...

Can I still record in DVCAM mode with a regular, non-DVCAM tape?
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Old October 22nd, 2004, 07:26 AM   #3
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I Found The Answer

To anybody who's interested, I did some digging.

http://technology.communication.utex...hatisdvcam.pdf
http://www.cinematography.com/forum2...php?t1210.html
http://www.cinematography.com/forum2...php?t1599.html
http://www.creativevideo.co.uk/pages...v-vs-dvcam.htm
http://www.camcorderinfo.combbs/arch...p/t-59845.html
http://www.uemforums.com/2pop/ubbthr...039&Main=45559
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Old October 22nd, 2004, 07:49 AM   #4
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Sorry to interrupt your private discussion... ;-)

I have never bought the DVCAM tapes myself and have used the regular Sony Premium tapes in DVCAM mode without any problems. I believe you'll find that many other people do this as well. BTW, I just got a bunch of the Sony Premiums on sale at Target this week at 2 for $9.99 which is the best price I've ever seen at a local retail store.
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Old October 23rd, 2004, 09:34 PM   #5
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Boyd, you DEFINITLY have to do your media shopping online. Tapestockonline.com has the Sony Premiums for $3 a pop.
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Old October 25th, 2004, 07:50 AM   #6
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Glen is correct!

I just ordered from a place called TAPE RESOURCES who sold Sony Premium to me for 3.49 per tape.
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Old October 25th, 2004, 09:52 AM   #7
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Yeah, that's true, but mail order doesn't help much when you only need a few and you need them right away. And anyhow, it's not even my money.... ;-)
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Old November 20th, 2004, 09:44 AM   #8
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Back to the original questions, I have somehting that I'm not sure about as I haven't actually been able to see the Pd150 or 170.

If they are DVCAM can i use minidv tapes in them as well. Does it give me the option to record in DV or DVCAM, as in get 40 or 60 min?

And if I use DVcam tapes, can i import those with a regular minidv camcorder?

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Old November 21st, 2004, 11:37 PM   #9
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Mini-dv tapes can be recorded in DV-CAM mode but a 60 minute tape will only record 40 minutes in DV-CAM mode.

From what I have heard, most sony consumer camcorders will playback a mini-dv tape that was recorded in DV-CAM mode but won't record in DV-CAM.

It's possible that non Sony lower end camcorders may not play back DV-CAM recorded mini-dv tapes, the Canon ZR-65 does not play back DV-CAM recorded on mini-dv tapes.
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