The HD is half of the marking. So the main one I use is the DF300 which will be 150 minutes of HD, 2.5 hours. THe longest I have is a DF480 which I got from Japan. 240 minutes of HD or 4 hours. BUt the darn tapes are 50 bucks so I only have 2.
I agree with h2ofun. Using DVHS tapes for HD recording is very much preferable. I get no dropouts on any recording on DVHS tapes but I do on SVHS tapes and I only have the best professional. BTW, you do not need to drill a hole in SVHS tape to record DVHS. JVC has a button that forces SVHS into DVHS recording. I would not even think of putting VHS tape. It would probably be nightmare.
Another one of the reasons I no longer pinch pennies on the tapes is just the hassle of having to push the button. I would forget enough times that it just wasnt worth it. This whole discussion about tape is just like the one I read all the time about wire. Does it make a difference is what type of interconnects one using in your system. I have read answers on both sides for years. All I know is I have seen first hand issues with S tapes where they are not on D tapes. If s tapes work for some folks great.
I just am not going to any longer take the changes when the tape is by far the cheapest part of my HD solution.
I have always used TDK XP tapes for all events less than 2 hrs, and JVC DVHS tapes for longer stuff. I never have any pixel or breakup problems, and based on how long my machines can run before needing to be cleaned, I'd say the XP tapes are ideal for the HD1000.
I can't say the same for the JVC 30k's, but that's simply because I don't have a backlog of experience with the JVC.
Being able to use XP tapes has definitely saved me a significant amount of money. $7.39 = $4.71 = $2.68 x 1000 tapes = $268000. Enough to buy a new 911 turbo.
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