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Canon tape?
on Nov 14, 2007 at 3:40:28 pm

Before I switched to the new xh a1 from my gl2 and xl1s I always used panasonic ay dvm63mq. So I kept with that same tape since they started putting the "dv/hdv" on the tape.

I havent had too may drop outs but I've seen a couple here and there. I thought maybe I should change tapes. I see that canon makes an hdv tape. Almost $20 a pop! The panasonics are around $7.

I thought wow! That's more than my dvc pro tapes! What's the deal? Can anyone shed any light on these canon tapes? Are they better than the panasonics master tapes?

Is it too late to switch tapes. I've ran about 11 panasonic tapes in my xh a1. I've only had it for about 2 months.

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Donald Berube
Re: Canon tape?
on Nov 16, 2007 at 12:34:39 am

Technically, the Canon HDV Digital Master tapes are better in that they are made from finer grade tapestock with the least propensity for dropouts. I personally often use the Panny Master DV tapes when shooting HDV and have not had any problems with dropouts. I would consider the Panny Master DV tapes as a minimum acceptable standard for recording HDV - however I have also had success using Sony Excellence tapes too... but I have since switched to using primarily the Panny Masters... If it's a mission critical recording that you need to make, use at least the Panny Master tapes. You'll have no problems if you use the higher grade HDV Digital Master tapes from Canon or Sony... Remember to clean the heads of your camcorder with a dry head cleaning tape when switching brands of tape - things can get a little sticky when mixing different oxides together.

- Don

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