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Sony HVR-A1 and HDR-HC Series
Sony's latest single-CMOS additions to their HDV camcorder line.


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Old February 8th, 2007, 10:21 PM   #1
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Are you using DV or HDV tapes when recording in HDV? Also, I plan to use Sony Premium for general work and Excellence for anything important. Do I need to clean the head when switching? Just got my HC1!
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Old February 9th, 2007, 07:15 AM   #2
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Which Tape?

I've been using TDK "Superior Grade" since I got my Sony A1 in November. I've gone thru 8 tapes only one drop out (in the last 30 seconds of the tape.) On the second try, in captured OK.

The main thing I seen on post about tapes in that Sony uses a different type of lubricant, than most other manufacturers. It appears, the best thing is to either use Sony tapes or one of the other brands.

This site has a good FAQ on tapes:

http://www.tapestockonline.com/minidvtapefaqs.html
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Old February 11th, 2007, 04:36 PM   #3
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Thanks for that link Vic and your reply.
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Old February 11th, 2007, 05:41 PM   #4
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As long as you use new tapes for every job, I don't see the need of getting a $20 cassete, just get a normal Maxel for $4
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Old February 11th, 2007, 08:26 PM   #5
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To be on the safe side, I’d stick with the Sony tapes and the only time a cleaning cassette should ever be used is when the camcorder tells you to. A cleaning tape can destroy the heads if used too frequently.
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