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Can someone summarize the different DVHS tapes available with regards to tape lengtht/capacity and street price? I'm considering both the JVC 30000 and DDS-4 routes for archiving HIPIX HD content. The Dstream tool seems quite interesting, especially the 1080P capability when using the Radeon.
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JVC parts has the DF-300 D-VHS tape for sale at $11.99 and the DF-420 at $16.00 plus shipping at a flat rate of $5.00. I have seen a DF-360 mentioned elsewhere in the site. The general rule of thumb is that you divide the number of the tape (ie 300 or 420) by 60 to get the playing time. Of course, this depends on the speed you record at. W/o looking it up I believe this relates to the "standard" speed.

There is an adjoining thread on this subject. MRWilson says his DF-420's have been on order since January from JVC.

Several weeks ago, members reported that they were using good quality S-VHS tape. I found this to be iffy at best getting inconsistent results. This was with my old Hughes D-VHS VCR. I haven't tried it with my JVC-30000.

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DVHS tapes come in DF240, DF300, DF360, DF420 and even DF480 lengths. To determine the number of minutes of HDTV recording time simply divide the DF number by two i.e. DF240s will record 2 hours of HDTV, DF300s will record 2 1/2 hours of HDTV etc. They are sold under multiple brand names; JVC, Panasonic, Fujifilm, Maxell and TDK although not all lengths are available from all manufacturers.

DF240s are about 7.25 to 8.25 USD each.
DF300s are about 8.50 to 10.25 USD each.
DF360s are about 9.50 to 10.75 USD each.
DF420s are about 21.75 to 27.25 USD each.
DF480s are about 43.75 to 53.75 USD each.
(All those prices include sales tax and are based on realistic [not wholesale] exchange rates).

Personally I am having huge success with JVC SVHS tapes; 2.25 USD for 120 minutes (i.e. = DF240) and 4.00 USD for 180 minutes (i.e. DF360) BUT certain DVHS recorders seem to not handle SVHS tapes well and certain brands seem to be problematic (I had bad luck trying cheap Fujifilm SVHS tapes before I found the even less expensive JVCs).

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Thanks for the details.
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