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Old May 20th, 2011, 07:43 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by Chris Harding View Post
If of course you are prepared to use your tapes 120 times over then there is no saving on the actual media!!
Hi Chris and Jeff, thanks for your maths. Yes, I used tapes for very many years and was still re-using the chipped excellence tapes I bought in the late 90s to record HDV in the late noughties. But I shot fine HDV on Sony's cheapest Premium tape and never having suffered dropout reused them again and again. My 'never go on a shoot with anything you haven't thoroughly tested' is well known here.

Then I bought the NX5 and along with it I bought six 16gb class 10 cards. We're not talking storage, download time, reliability, run time. I'll happily say (regardless of the truth) that I can effectively keep re-recording on these cards for ever. 6 cards is about 8 hours record time, or less than 9 tapes, yet cost a whopping 12x as much. That price would buy me a stack of 110 tapes.

So I can't quite get my head around your 're-rec 120 times'. Mind you, I don't have to. I just love shooting file-based and tape is just a bygone era now.

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