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Carlos E. Martinez May 5th, 2004 05:56 PM

Tape test
I have just raised a question on the 2-pop Forum on why there are not serious tests on all DV tapes around, computing dropout figures, artifacts, etc.

When audio cassettes were being used all around, there were lots of tests on audio mags testing them. Some of them were "suspect", but I did read tests on Studio Sound Magazine (sadly now gone) on DAT tapes.

Where can we got ask for such tests and be heard?


Frank Granovski May 5th, 2004 07:14 PM

I only saw 1 extensive tape test but it's not posted anymore. Fuji is best, by the way. :-))

Tommy Haupfear May 5th, 2004 09:57 PM

I could see where tape tests would be good for analog audio recordings but it seems to be only quality issues with DV tapes and could vary from spool to spool.

Thats why you should just stick with Fuji.

As always its a good rule of thumb not to mix tape brands (especially if Sony is your primary MiniDV tape).


Justin Boyle May 6th, 2004 07:44 AM

actually guys i did read a review once myself also and i was glad to see that fuji is the best. now i don't know if all fujis are as good as each other but i bought fuji's because at the time they were the cheapest i could find and i couldn't afford anything different because i had just forked out money on the cam and since i got it second hand i didnt get any tapes with it. Both these reasons to me are reason enough to use fuji.


George Beck May 6th, 2004 07:49 AM

If you use a cleaning tape to clean the head between different types of tape is it still "unsafe" to do so?
(especially Sony tapes...)

Justin Boyle May 6th, 2004 07:54 AM

george i would not put my life on this because i have no idea but i bet the general consensus you are going to get from that is that it is best that you don't use head cleaners unless you really really have to because they will ruin ur heads in the long run


Tommy Haupfear May 6th, 2004 10:10 AM

Justin is right in that you would want to use a head cleaner sparingly.

Frank has an informative section about this on his website http://www.dvfreak.com/tape.htm

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