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Old March 27th, 2004, 01:20 PM   #1
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PD-170 media- DVcam and DV

Is it possible to shoot DV format using a DVcam tape in my PD-170? Reason being is I'm trying to stick to the same tape stock and some ceremony's (weddings) can be longer than 40 minutes. Thanks in advance.
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Old March 27th, 2004, 02:31 PM   #2
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Yes. It's a camera function, not a tape function. Go into the menu and switch over from DVCAM to DV. However, do not record a part of one tape in DVCAM and then the rest of it in DV mode--you'll have trouble capturing all of the footage. You'll get 60 min. record time off the 40 min. DVCAM tapes when shooting DV.
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Old March 27th, 2004, 06:20 PM   #3
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I thought that was true- just needed confirmation. Thanks.
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You can probably use the 80min dv tapes for recording events longer than 1hr in the dv rather than dvcam format.
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Old April 2nd, 2004, 04:45 PM   #5
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I use 80 minute tapes frequently in both my 150's and have had excellant sucess with them. HOWEVER, I also will change a 60 minute during Communion (at a Catholic Full Mass ceremony).
The first menu is the shooting mode; just switch from DVCAM to DV and you'll be all set.
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