Whateve tape you use stick to it!
Both consumer DV and DVCAM are closely related, so much so that all DVCAM equipment also carries the DV logo guaranteeing full DV playback compatibility.
Some may argue with this but in essence, the record footprint is the largest difference between the two formats (DV=10um, DVCAM=15um) The DVCAM format is really just a professional extension of the DV format designed to meet the rigors of professional use. In fact one way to consider DVCAM is that it is the standard play mode providing superior professional performance and DV is the longer play mode of the format which provides performance consistent with consumer use.
You have a professional camcorder- use professional tape. Consumer tape in a pro camcorder is contradictive from the manufacturers recommendations and against what the camcorder was made for?.
If timecode is important to you DV interpolates Absolute Track Counter information to represent Drop Frame Time Code at output. DVCAM actually has switchable true Drop Frame and Non Drop Frame Time Code available on all units.
Deck transport speed is another difference. A 60 min tape lasts 40 min in a DV CAM camera the faster the tape moves the less dropouts- at least in theory.
Audio is another of the great advantages of DVCAM. Similar to DV format DVCAM can record in either a 2 channel 16bit 48khz mode or a 4 channel 12bit 32khz mode. Remember that even in the 4 channel mode audio specs exceed that of analogue Betacam SP. DVCAM also has the advantage of Locked audio which means the video and audio data rates are matched, so no truncated bits at edit points (reduced pops and clicks) and it makes it easy to cue and edit sound from.Again, you have a professional camcorder- use professional tape. Consumer tape in a pro camcorder is contradictive from the manufacturers recommendations and against what the camcorder was made for?.
Last update: 07:37 PM Sunday, April 2, 2006