DV Tape - Cassette Memory - Is it worth it

Discussion in 'Video Cameras' started by Paul, Oct 17, 2003.

  1. Paul

    Paul Guest

    Just purchased my first Digital Camcorder - Sony TRV38.
    When shopping for camcorder tapes, I've learned that some tapes have an IC
    memory chip... for considerable more cost than those w/o.

    What benefit does the cassette memory provide and is it worth the additional

    Paul, Oct 17, 2003
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  2. Cassette memory allows use of a "Goto Date taken" facility on playback -
    providing that (on my TRV22 at least) you're using the remote control to access
    the feature, and that the tape contains no more stuff than shot on 6 (may be 7)
    dates. For a casual user using the camera more as a notebook and taking many
    more than 6 days to complete a tape, it's not much help once you've gone over
    the 6 or 7 dates limit. There's no scrolling facility.
    In my case it seemed to be the only practical way of purchasing Sony's premium
    grade tape.
    Malcolm Stewart, Oct 17, 2003
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  3. Paul

    Tony Morgan Guest

    I'd suggest that you browse through your camcorder manual. The features
    that you get when using the IC chip are marked with the 'CM' label.
    IMHO no. I've got a couple of CM tapes (purchased just to try them)),
    but since using them for trying out the features, I've never ever had
    the need to use the CM facilities.
    Tony Morgan, Oct 17, 2003
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