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Old October 17th, 2009, 10:46 AM   #1
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Difference between these two tapes? Huh?

I use a Canon XH A1 and want the best Panasonic tape money can buy. I couldn't figure out which of these two is the best, nor could I figure out what the difference was. Does anyone know how these two tapes differ?

Panasonic AY-DVM63HD HDV Cassette (63 Minutes)
Panasonic | AY-DVM63HD HDV Cassette (63 Minutes) | AY-DVM63HD

Panasonic AY-HDVM63AMQ Advanced Master Quality Mini DV Videocassette
Panasonic | AY-HDVM63AMQ Advanced Master Quality | AY-HDVM63AMQ

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Old October 18th, 2009, 06:03 PM   #2
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I'd like to know the answer to that also. I noticed the change when I recently went to purchase new panasonic tapes. They now seem to come in a hard casing as oposed to the old packaging. THe new case also says "professional mode 42 mins" Any idea of what they are considering professonal mode?
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Old October 18th, 2009, 07:11 PM   #3
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Professional Mode is probably referencing DVCAM, which is a Sony format that has a shorter duration due to it's increased track pitch. As it's a sony format they probably can't refer to it as DVCAM, and as it's used in professional recording a lot it makes sense to mention that.
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Old October 23rd, 2009, 08:08 AM   #4
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When Panasonic 'AMQ' tape first appeared it was touted as ..

'A newly developed robust lubricant and a durable diamond-like carbon (DLC) film with extra thickness dramatically boost durability during still frame playback, which places considerable burden on the tape. This rugged durability stands up to the repeated rewinding, fast forwarding and playback of professional editing.'

So if you're just using it for regular consumer use with the average capture procedure you don't need AMQ.

Pana 'MQ' series has been around for at least 5years and was touted as 'great for archiving' They discontinued the 83min version which I use for HDV. I bought the last 50 from BnH. IMO I don't think MQ 83min was selling well compared to other lengths.

When you see 'for HD' recording, IMO it's just marketing with new packaging. Digital is just recording ones and twos, it's either on or off, in or out. SD tapes do fine if you keep the tape path clean.

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Old October 26th, 2009, 07:38 PM   #5
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Uhh, If I may say... Digital is 1's and 0's...

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Old October 27th, 2009, 04:52 PM   #6
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uh? oh yeah, don't confuse me don't confuse me, thanks.

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