Sony Premium MiniDV tapes vs. Sony Excellence

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Craig Busch, Dec 24, 2003.

  1. Craig Busch

    Craig Busch Guest

    Obviously the Excellence are more expensive. I would appreciate a
    comparison or information that would help me decide which to use. My
    understanding is that the two can be used in the same camera without any
    concern?
    Thank you
     
    Craig Busch, Dec 24, 2003
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  2. Craig Busch

    PTRAVEL Guest

    I shoot Excellence in my VX2000, but on occassions, when I can't find any
    available, I shoot Premium. Never had any problems.
     
    PTRAVEL, Dec 25, 2003
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  3. In the short term, the results are identical. The EX is rated for
    2db more signal/noise, but this is unlikely to matter in digital
    unless/until the signal is becoming marginally readable (long-term
    or poor storage). I use EX for mastering; PR is OK (or much
    more...) for single-use - and in 80-minute lengths, only PR is
    available in the US. Forget the chip in the EX - buy it without
    and save money.
    (BTW, I prefer not to mix tape brands, to avoid the possibility
    of head-clogging problems from mixing lubricants - not a
    problem mixing Sony DVCam/EX/PR tapes.)
     
    David Ruether, Dec 25, 2003
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  4. The info my dealer gave me is that both come from the same batch, Excellence
    is from the center of the tape, Premium from the edge. Tape is manufactured
    in large sheets, then slit.
     
    joe at salerno dot com, Dec 28, 2003
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  5. This is not likely correct. This is the practice with
    some Hi-8 tapes ("pro" tape being the same as
    the "amateur", but from a better part of the stock),
    but unlikely in Mini-DV versions, which have different
    specs...
     
    David Ruether, Dec 28, 2003
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  6. Craig Busch

    someone Guest

    David, that actually was not correct with Sony Hi-8 tapes. The HMEAD tapes
    were definitely of higher grade than the run-of-the-mill stuff.
     
    someone, Dec 29, 2003
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