I am ready to buy my 1st camcorder (HV20) and I have no experience with MiniDV tapes. I can't find any specific threads talking about tapes. They seem to range from inexpensive ($4) to expensive ($20).
If a standard 60 minute MiniDV tape is ok, how many minutes will I actually get in HD? The expensive HD tapes say about 63 minutes.
I will be going to Europe in a couple of weeks and I would like any information you can provide. Thanks.
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A 60 minute MiniDV tape will give 60 minutes in both DV and HDV modes because they run at the same bitrate; HDV is more compressed. Most tapes I've come across tend to have some slack and run a bit longer than 60 minutes; usually they average close to 62 minutes.
I was looking at one of the HD cameras the other day and saw this, then though about how I couldn't afford the $600 for a HD-DVD burner and the thought of keeping all my movies on $15 tapes made me puke a little in my mouth, but if I can store them on $5 tapes (less from Sams Club) it makes it a little easier to swallow.
there are 2 types of tape. 1: dry lubrication 2: wet lubrication. All Sony tapes use the wet type. One is no better than the other, but don't mix them together because they're going to clog the head. If you must change types, use head-cleaner before changing to a different kind of lubrication.
The pricier tapes are, well, better. I've used cheaper tapes and especially for HDV (due to GoP/intraframe compression) you'll have a higher chance of getting tape dropout thus creating picture breakup.
I'm bumping this because I think maybe the question should/could be "Which BRAND" of tape is best. I remember back in my audio cassette days that Maxell was, at least in my circle, considered to be the best tape for doing your own recording on. So the question restated again.
one drop out is one drop out too many for me. So far, the only brand and type that haven't failed me yet (touch wood) is Panasonic Advanced Master Quality. I haven't tried Canon because they are crazy expensive. Sony, TDK, Maxell have all failed on me one time or another (the most being TDK).
LOL! If anybody can find one, please let me know too. Because if I can save the tape expenditure, I can pass along the savings to my clients (and that's going to be a saving of anywhere between $200 to $500 per project, which in a grand scheme of things is not a lot... but still you can buy a lot of Sashimi and Sushi for that amount!! )