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Mini DV tape (vs) DVCPro tape

I recently talked with video editing professional who uses Final Cut Pro and Avid Xpress that brought up the conversation about video tape drop-outs.

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He mentioned he had re-recorded over a DVCPro tape 50 times with no degradation in quality or drop outs. He also mentioned he was using metal particle tape vs. metal evaporated tape. I asked him about the differences.

Apparently metal particle tape is much more reliable than metal evaporated tape. Unfortunately, metal particle tape is only available in DVCam or DVCPro formats. This customer claimed that he was only able to re-record over a mini-dv (metal evaporated) cassette about 10 times before drop-outs began to appear.

Nothing can be more frustrating to an Avid or Final Cut Pro editor when you go to batch capture your DV footage only to find that the tape has drop-outs or has become unreliable. I guess there is a reason why DVCPro and DVCam formats are more expensive.

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