The best tapes I've found are TDK and Fuji S-VHS tapes (T-120 and T-160). For T-180, I use Maxell's ST-182BQ broadcast tape. For anything over three hours, some people say regular T-210 S-VHS is OK. I splurge and get the JVC DF420 D-VHS.
For the lowest dropout rate, use a regular VCR to do a one-pass on the tape. This repacks the tape and removes particles that can cause dropouts. I had a very bad experience with Panasonic D-VHS tapes. They shed so much out of the box that the first ten minutes of my recordings had tons of dropouts. I re-recorded on the same tapes and the dropouts disappeared. I've been able to repeat this trend on other tapes, so I know my heads aren't clogged. Now I run every tape once through a regular VCR. No more dropouts.
Although I haven't needed to yet, it is possible to record up to four hours on DF480 tape; but I haven't seen this length for sale in the U.S.
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