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Lyndon Golanowski June 10th, 2004 10:36 AM

PD-170 use MiniDV tapes?
The PD-170 is a DVCAM, but does it use MiniDV tapes? I am renting one this weekend and I need to buy tapes in advance, I am not sure what I need. Can someone help me on this a.s.a.p? Thanks.

Ken Tanaka June 10th, 2004 10:54 AM

Yes, it does use MiniDV tapes.

Sony's "DVCAM" is a recording format, not a tape size specification. DVCAM is basically the same as standard DV, except with a slightly higher tape speed and some other "proprietary" claims. The PD-170 can lay DVCAM or standard DV to MiniDV tapes.

Tom Hardwick June 11th, 2004 10:33 AM

Ken's right, but note that "slightly higher tape speed" actually means "exactly the same writing speed", so there's no quality difference.

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