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Old April 8th, 2009, 05:28 AM   #16
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Hi Zuni,

I've been using Xtra long tapes since they came on the market for VHS and SVHS, and since the D-8 & DV's came out. I've never had an issue. For the "once only" Shots, I always use a new tape. In reality, due to the slower speed &/or the thiner tape stock, you do have a higer risk of dropouts, I've just never had it happen to me, but certainly others have not been so lucky. I don't use it often, but some times changing a tape just doesn't work for the shoot.

If you use a slower record speed, you must play back the tape in the Cam it was recorded in - to maximize the playback, as sometimes the slower speeds won't play back on other machines. Also, as the Cam or deck wears, the playback at slower speeds will likely become impaired. So if you use the slower speed to record, make your backups ASAP to HDD's and to Normal Speed tapes.

The other option I use is to plug my Cam into a HDD/DVR and record to it's HDD - but this is only in SD, not HD. Currently, that cover's most needs, as HD burning is not yet so cost effective or needed, Yet.

I use two Panasonic, and three Phillips DVR/HDD units. I use a Sony SD TRV950 and a Canon HD HV30 for my Cams. I can put up to 30 hrs of HQ SD on each Phillips Unit.

When I need to add titles, transitions and do all sorts of editing stuff, I use one of two Edit bays, one tweaked for SD, one for HD. I use Vegas Movie Studio 9 Platinum Pro Pac as my editing software on both. I came from Pinnacle Studio 9.4

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