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Old July 23rd, 2003, 06:12 AM   #1
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Hey guys.
I'm about to make a lot of copies from miniDV to VHS. I have a deck that will do this. My questions are...

1. Which brand of tape is the best to buy? I've heard Fuji's make the best, is there a particular model number I should look for?

2. My film is only 6 minutes long. Most tapes I've seen are 2 hours or more. Seems like a major waste of tape. I've heard that they do make 10 min VHS tapes, but that the quality is garbage. Is that true?

3. I see that there are VHS tapes, and S-VHS tapes. I'm assuming the S-VHS tapes are better quality, but does that mean that whoever is watching it must have an SVHS VCR? Just want to make sure before I make a bunch of copies and people start telling me the tapes won't work.


thanks guys!
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Old July 23rd, 2003, 09:43 AM   #2
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Hi Brad.

I use TDK tapes but as far I know, you should be ok with any major brand (Fuji, Sony, etc).

I don't have experience with 10min tapes.

Normaly the S-VHS are better quality. You can use them in VHS recorders ( to record and play). You must be careful if you record them in a S-VHS capable player. If you want the tapes to play in VHS VCRs, be shure to set your recorder to VHS mode.

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Old July 23rd, 2003, 10:25 AM   #3
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check out taperesource.com for different length vhs tapes. i get all my media from them.
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Old July 23rd, 2003, 03:26 PM   #4
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thanks for the advice guys! I'll look into it.
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Old July 23rd, 2003, 06:49 PM   #5
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I just used a bunch of Fuji T-10s (10 minute tapes) to send some of my films to film festivals. The quality was fine, equivalent if not better to the generic 2-hour tapes. Just make sure to avoid the first 15 seconds like any other tape and you'll be fine!
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