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Old June 26th, 2006, 06:30 PM   #1
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I'm a PD170 owner/operator and use the Sony Premium quality Mini DV tapes for everything so far. I've recently gotten a gig shooting some material for a client that has money behind them and isn't asking questions when I present them with expense $$ amounts. I was thinking of getting some Sony DVCam (mini) tapes.
Now again, I use Sony Premium tape exclusively (bulk deals). Will using a different line of the same brand tape cause the problems that are theoretically associated with switching brands after long hauls with one brand?
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Old June 26th, 2006, 08:53 PM   #2
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Short answer: no. Long answer: probably not.

This topic has been beaten to death. The only question arises from changing or mixing brands. Why this would happen is a mystery to me. The other issue is why some people want to reuse tape. It is the cheapest aspect of video. Don't compromise. Use once, and archive.
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Old June 26th, 2006, 09:56 PM   #3
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The other issue is why some people want to reuse tape. It is the cheapest aspect of video. Don't compromise. Use once, and archive.
I hear what you're saying, but sometimes things get tough and I have to choose between buying new tapes and eating food. Eating food wins every time. I like to do it every day.

That said, I only re-use tapes if I'm going to be shooting something relatively unimportant, and only then if I absolutely must.

In a perfect world, I'd only use new stock. But being self-employed in a relatively small market is often pretty far from perfect.

As for the actual topic of the thread--I doubt you'll have any trouble, Dave.
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