Found 26th Apr 2007
Just got my new Sony DCR-HC37.

With the 60 minute tapes is there any disadvantages taping in LP rather then SP? And can I use tapes already taped on with my old Mini DV camcorder?

Thanks for any info.

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AFAIK, there is no quality loss when recording in LP on MiniDV as DV stream is CBR fixed. But in LP mode camera must reduce track width (roughly by half) so there could be compatibility issues with other cameras. In addition, blocking noise might appear on low quality tapes (it can also appear in SP mode, but less frequently).
You can reuse old tapes if you not worried about occasional blocking noise. As it is DV (no interframe dependancy) you can easily cut problematic frame in editor of your choice. If it would be MPEG (as in DVD/HDD/SD cameras) it could be much more problematic.

As to tapes, I found that JVC are rubbish, lots of dropped frames. Panasonic and Sony are very good, Maxell are so-so.

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AFAIK, there is no quality loss when recording in LP on MiniDV as DV … AFAIK, there is no quality loss when recording in LP on MiniDV as DV stream is CBR fixed. But in LP mode camera must reduce track width (roughly by half) so there could be compatibility issues with other cameras. In addition, blocking noise might appear on low quality tapes (it can also appear in SP mode, but less frequently).You can reuse old tapes if you not worried about occasional blocking noise. As it is DV (no interframe dependancy) you can easily cut problematic frame in editor of your choice. If it would be MPEG (as in DVD/HDD/SD cameras) it could be much more problematic.As to tapes, I found that JVC are rubbish, lots of dropped frames. Panasonic and Sony are very good, Maxell are so-so.



Thanks.

Had a read round and seems most people recommend SP especially for achives.

when I was looking a camcorders I saw a comment on an AV forum which recommended sticking to one particular make of tape - something to do with the lubricants on the tape and that different makes use different lubricants...

Sony Premium tapes were one make that were recommended (esp as you can get 10 for £12 from Amazon)

My camcorder manual states that using LP can give problems with the sound..
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