Can I play (and edit) recorded DV tapes in new camcorder

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by user, Mar 7, 2004.

  1. user

    user Guest

    I have some miniDV tapes made with a defunct camcorder.
    Can new camcorders read tapes made with older models?
    If it's relevant it had a resolution of 470 lines whilst new camcorders
    have higher resolutions.
    VHS VCR tape incompatibilities reminded me that these films might not
    'work' on the newer cameras.
    I don't know anyone with another miniDV camcorder.

    user, Mar 7, 2004
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  2. Resolution only affects how well the camera portion works.
    It has nothing to do with how the tapes record/playback.
    mini-DV tapes are designed to be interchangable.
    That means that they are supposed to be playable by
    any other mini-DV device (camcorder, VCR, etc.)

    However, there are some limits in the real world...

    Generally, don't plan on having compatibility between
    NTSC (North America, etc.) and PAL (Europe, etc.)
    unless you buy equipment that specifically supports

    Tapes recorded at the slower "long/extended play"
    speed are more difficult to interchange than tapes
    recorded at the "normal" speed. Some have found it
    problematic even to try playing back LP tapes on the
    SAME camcorder that recorded it (particularly if it
    has been repaired in the meantime.)

    Many people find it more reliable to interchange
    tapes on other machines from the same manufacturer
    (Sony-Sony, Panasonic-Panasonic, etc.)
    Richard Crowley, Mar 7, 2004
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  3. user

    Andys cam Guest

    This is an issue of differences in head alignment. I will bet that one of these
    (or both) are not Sony. Sony seems to have the most accurate alignment across
    the line of all the manufactures. Try playing the tapes back in the most
    expensive deck or camera you can get a hold of. If that fails you will probably
    have to have a tape recovery place do it by intentionally mialigning a player
    to conform to the old tape while dubing to a new tape. See:
    Andys cam, Mar 7, 2004
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