I need 50 for my next 2 projects, which makes overall cost an issue. I have used Sony and Panasonic (60 minute) with no problems. Meritline has Sony for 6.08 each, Panasonic for 5.70 each, and Fuji for 3.60 each. Do you know of any better buys? Thanks in advance. John
Kent: You may be right. I just checked Bizrate and they have an average 8.5 out of 10. ?? Either way in this particular instance I think you can do much better than the prices they list for the DV tapes. Looks like they may have decent deals on DVD Media though.....
Rating sites like reseller and bizrate seem to generally be a pretty good indicator of what to expect. Don't think I've ever seen a difference in ratings like this though. 5 of 10 on one site and 8.5 of 10 on the other. They generally track pretty close.
At least one forum member has recc protape in Austin TX. They have the same Sony tape for $2.97 when you reach the 50 tape level. Seems like a great price. Can't vouch for them....only read about them on the forum.
I have been buying from zotzdigital.com for the last year. Prices are usually around $4.00 for panasonic and they will give you a discount when you buy a carton of 50 at a time. Minimal s&h charges. Ship fast and very nice to deal with.
I had read somewhere that the Panasonic MQ tapes had a dry lubricant while the PQ tapes had a liquid lubricant. Which might cause the same problem swtiching back and forth as the Sony to Panasonic problem. Has anyone else heard that?
And, I've used TapeResources.com many times with great service.
For what it's worth, I buy the majority of my tape fromTapeResources and all my optical media from Meritline. I have received superior service from both of them. (Sometimes I will buy the TDK six-pack from Costco.)
Ken, the "memory chip" on video tapes allow you to save the camera settings that were used to shoot that particular footage. To the best of my knowledge, Sony cameras are the only ones that have this capability (I could be wrong with the avent of newer cameras).
The memory chip is a total waste of money. It nearly doubles the price of the tape, and you get nothing particularly useful in return. In addition, AFIK, Vegas doesn't do anything with the titles you can store on the chip -- it is only useful during playback of the raw (unedited tape) in the camcorder.
In terms of the MQ vs the PQ , it was probably one of my posts regarding the MQ dry lubricant vs the PQ wet lubricant. Don't mix them. Jan Crittendon from Panasonic told me that as well as the woman from Tape Resources.
I have not had any problems with service from Tape Resources, G&G Video, or any of them except for Neeman Media who has forgotten orders, sent the order to the wrong company, never returns a phone call when they say they will, and defies logic when it comes to how they stay business.