Discussion in 'Video Cameras' started by Hermes Conrad, Jul 6, 2003.

  1. Any suggestions for top quality mini dv
    tapes,durability,degredation,re-record etc.Which is best?
    Hermes Conrad, Jul 6, 2003
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  2. Is there a camcorder specific question here, I've got a JVC, will JVC
    tapes work better, Tony suggests Sony but is that in a Sony camcorder,
    as a newbie to D.V. should we use tapes from our camera manufacturer or
    is this hype?

    Michael Swift, Jul 7, 2003
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  3. Hermes Conrad

    Tony Morgan Guest

    A miniDV tape is a miniDV tape, whatever. And the compatibility of a
    tape with a particular make of camcorder has nothing to do with the name
    on their lids.

    Like a lot of things in life, IMHO, you get what you pay for. It beats
    me when someone saves up and pays maybe two week's money or more for a
    camcorder, then spends much time searching for the very cheapest tapes
    that they can find. Worse, some of these folk buy, maybe, five tapes a
    year saving themselves about £10 in a year by buying cheap tapes.

    What I can tell you with certainty is that I've had my TRV-30 for nearly
    two years, used it a lot, but never have cleaned the heads but they (and
    the rest of the transport mechanism) is clean and debris-free. Having
    said that, I don't use each tape a lot because (after cleaning
    up/discarding the crappy shots) I archive all my original shots back to
    tape, and also archive my movie "masters" on miniDV tape. A friend (who
    also uses his camcorder a lot) buys the cheapest tapes and needs to run
    a cleaning tape as well as use a cotton-bud every 3 months.
    Tony Morgan, Jul 7, 2003
  4. I've said this here before but when I went to a JVC demo of their DV Pro
    range of gear the JVC staff said the preferred tapes were....


    Malcolm Knight, Jul 7, 2003
  5. I will second the recommendation of Sony Premium (never used Excellence as I
    have a Canon XM-1)

    Jason Gorringe, Jul 10, 2003
  6. Hermes Conrad

    Baz Guest

    As an appendix to the other excellent advice here (aka Siny rules!)... You
    should avoid mixing tape brands (or really tape manufacturers - Fuji make
    many of the brands out there). The reason to stick to one "brand" is that
    there are a number of different lubricants in use, and there is a theory
    that mixing these may cause more debris around the heads and drive

    From what I have read, you should definitely avoid mixing tapes with "wet"
    and "dry" lubricants. The "dry" lubricated tapes, supposedly the best to
    use in humid environments, are found only (?) in Panasonic high-end DV tapes
    (Panasonic Master Series, or MQ tapes).
    Baz, Jul 12, 2003
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