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Old December 8th, 2003, 11:00 AM   #1
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Just a quick and general question: does anyone find that the type of mini-dv tape you use in your camera makes a difference in finished product? Does anyone have brand loyalties, or feel that 'premium' and 'gold' label dvs work significantly better?

Just curious to see what others have found!

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Old December 8th, 2003, 11:51 AM   #2
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Some people get problems (head clogs, dropped frames) when they mix brands of DV tape. This used to be a problem but Sony and Maxell reformulated their tapes several years ago. I don't know if it's still a problem.

Recording is digital so you either get full quality or a dropout of some sort. Many people use the cheapest mini-DV tape and never experience dropouts.

80minute tapes may increase your chance of dropouts (they are a bit thinner than 60-minute tapes). Recording in LP mode can definitely cause problems.
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Old December 8th, 2003, 03:29 PM   #3
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