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Re: Best HDV Tape?

Posted by David Ruether on 12/31/07 17:14

"Martin Heffels" <> wrote in message
> On Mon, 31 Dec 2007 10:25:19 -0500, "David Ruether"
> <> wrote:

>>The Sony EX tape was used which I preferred in my Mini-DV days,
>>but I had 2 dropouts in 24 minutes on it, with permanent locations
>>on the tape - though the first in location appeared after a couple of
>>viewings, the second immediately with the first viewing. The tape was
>>from a freshly opened package

> Well, at a former employer of mine, we once received a bad batch of
> Sony DVCAM-tapes. You wouldn't expect that from an brand-new unopened
> box, but it did happen.
> Best I would say, is to contact your supplier, and see if you can find
> a tape-batch number, and see if there are more problems with that
> particular batch. In our case they were very kind to replace the tapes
> for free.
> cheers
> -martin-

Thanks. I bought this batch a few years ago, and it was stored upright,
unopened, and in a dry place. Other tapes in the same batch used in
Mini-DV camcorders at the time showed no problems, but it is possible
that I hit that odd tape, or the camcorder still had some dust in it from
manufacturing, or ??? Since people do report few problems with using
Mini-DV tape in HDV camcorders (and since dropouts in HDV are
so hard to overlook...;-), I must conclude that the money I just spent
on 10 rolls of Sony HDV was likely wasted, but, well, I did it
anyway...;-) Thanks to those who responded with their own
experiences with tape issues - it is appreciated.
--David Ruether



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