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Sony DigitalMaster Mini (63 min HDV, 41 min DVCAM)

B&H # SOPHDVM63DM MFR # PHDVM63DM
Sony DigitalMaster Mini (63 min HDV, 41 min DVCAM)

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Product Highlights

  • Improves Carrier-to-Noise Ratio by 2 dB
  • 90% Fewer Errors
  • 50% Less Dropout
  • 30% More Protective Coating

You Pay: $14.95

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This is a Sony PHDVM-63DM DVCAM DigitalMaster Mini DV Cassette. It is compatible with any mini-DV or DV camcorder or VTR. This tape contains two magnetic layers that improve the carrier-to-noise ratio and produce 90% fewer errors than traditional DV tape. When recording in 16:9, more information is recorded versus 4:3 and there is greater possibility for errors. DigitalMaster reduces that risk by 90%.

Improved tracking
Dual layer of 100% Active Magnetic Material: Improves Carrier-to-Noise ratio by 2 dB; 20% increase in the distance between the noise floor and the signal
30% more protective Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) coating. DigitalMaster tape is more durable than Mini-DV tape
With 20% increase in carrier-to-noise (C/N) more signal comes off the tape during playback reducing the occurrence of errors. When recording in 16:9, more information is recorded versus 4:3 and there is greater possibility for errors. DigitalMaster reduces that risk by 90%
50% fewer dropouts (on average 70%): Compared to Mini-DV tape there are less visible dropouts with DigitalMaster
30% more protective Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) coating. DigitalMaster tape is more durable than Mini-DV tape
Greater compatibility from camcorder to VTR: DigitalMaster tape maintains width dimensional tolerances 2x (twice) as well as Mini-DV tape. This means less off tracking
Format Mini DV cassette
Recording Time 63 min HDV
41 min DVCAM
Coating Dual layer of 100% active magnetic material
Packaging Single

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SonyDigitalMaster Mini (63 min HDV, 41 min DVCAM)
 
4.8

(based on 47 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (39)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (19)
  • Produces great video (18)
  • Durable design (15)
  • Highly compatible (13)
  • Reliable (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Shooting outdoors (21)
  • Shooting indoors (19)
  • Documentaries (15)
  • Travel (13)
  • Home movies (11)
    • How long have you owned it:
    • A month or less

       

      One-to-three months

       

      Three-to-six months

       

      More than six months

       

      67% 

      (4 reviews)

    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Film professional (20), Power user (12), Tech savvy (11), Aspiring film maker (9), Enthusiast (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Business (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (24)

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5.0

love these tapes!!

By Abequez

from Overland Park Kanssa

About Me Power User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Value

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Master Recordings

    Comments about Sony DigitalMaster Mini (63 min HDV, 41 min DVCAM):

    i always use this tape, never have any problems , I ave been using it for a long time.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Sony DigitalMaster miniDV premium tapes

    By Bruce

    from Adelaide, Australia.

    About Me Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Value
    • High Quality Recording
    • Reliable
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Dubbing
      • Master Recordings

      Comments about Sony DigitalMaster Mini (63 min HDV, 41 min DVCAM):

      I already knew that that these tapes were the best, and I'm not disappointed. Flawless performance and reliable HD picture quality are what we pay for and this product delivers. Also, I like the cases that come with the tapes, makes them ideal for carrying in the field as well as for library storage, 5 star!
      I like the efficient and professional service BHPhotovideo provide as well. I am a returning customer, and the fast delivery to my destination in Australia is a real bonus.
      Thank-you.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Quality

      By Leonil

      from Sydney/Canberra Australia

      About Me Power User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Value
      • High Quality Recording
      • Reliable
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Case Is A Bit Too Big

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Master Recordings

      Comments about Sony DigitalMaster Mini (63 min HDV, 41 min DVCAM):

      Here in Australia, they no longer sell Sony DVM63HD tapes (I always bought them) and in the stores that still some kind of tape only sell garbage, unreliable tapes that have caused issues with my in the past.

      Digital Masters then, are no longer affordable and accessible here in Australia.

      Since I can no longer afford the prices for Sony DVM63HD tapes, Digital Masters are actually cheaper for me if I import them from the USA. I have used them in the past for professional work and I have never had issues and never had to worry about them at all.

      I never bought a lot of them in the past because they were so expensive here in Australia, but now the prices for them are actually really good considering how limited and expensive tape in general is nowadays.

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      • No

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      5.0

      DigitalMaster Mini (63 min HDV, 41 min D

      By vidbolt

      from thousand oaks ca.

      About Me Power User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Value
      • High Quality Recording
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Master Recordings

        Comments about Sony DigitalMaster Mini (63 min HDV, 41 min DVCAM):

        High end mastering and field recording. Most reliable DV/HDV/DVCAM tape on the market. No down side.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Geat Master Tape For Archives

        By JW PRODUCTIONS

        from Maryland

        About Me Power User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Value
        • High Quality Recording
        • Reliable
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Archives
          • Backup
          • Dubbing
          • Master Recordings

          Comments about Sony DigitalMaster Mini (63 min HDV, 41 min DVCAM):

          This Sony master tape is good for archiving video for later use, this tape is also reusable and can withstand long term wear and tear.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Awesome!

          By David

          from Providence, RI

          About Me Power User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Value
          • High Quality Recording
          • Reliable
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Master Recordings

            Comments about Sony DigitalMaster Mini (63 min HDV, 41 min DVCAM):

            These are the best tapes I have used!
            The only thing is, I wish there was a little
            more tape at the end... they are 63 minutes.. .
            I will always use these tapes in my camera! You
            get what you pay for... :)

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            • No

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            5.0

            Best Quality

            By W

            from North Yarmouth, Maine

            About Me Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • High-Quality Recording
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Camcorders

              Comments about Sony DigitalMaster Mini (63 min HDV, 41 min DVCAM):

              Consistently reliable and supreme quality.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Most reliable HDV tape I know...

              By cmix

              from Orlando, FL

              About Me Power User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • High-Quality Recording
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Camcorders
                • Dubbing
                • Recording From TV

                Comments about Sony DigitalMaster Mini (63 min HDV, 41 min DVCAM):

                I've used many cheap brands, other Sony DV tapes, but nothing surprises me more than using this DigitalMaster HDV tape! If you need HDV tapes...this is the only one you should consider using.
                Thanks.

                • Primary use:
                • Business
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Best Professional HDV Tapes ever!

                By Ryan

                from Millville, NJ

                About Me Power User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • High-Quality Recording
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Camcorders
                  • Dubbing
                  • Recording From TV

                  Comments about Sony DigitalMaster Mini (63 min HDV, 41 min DVCAM):

                  I've used these tapes for the past 6 years with my Sony HVR-Z1U... With these tapes, I can use the same tape 10+ times and it will never lose quality. Very reliable!

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great tapes

                  By Jess

                  from Fresno, ca

                  About Me Power User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • High-Quality Recording
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Camcorders

                    Comments about Sony DigitalMaster Mini (63 min HDV, 41 min DVCAM):

                    They work great

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    very very good product

                    By Jean-Pierre

                    from Canada,ontario

                    About Me Power User

                    See all my reviews

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • High-Quality Recording

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Camcorders

                      Comments about Sony DigitalMaster Mini (63 min HDV, 41 min DVCAM):

                      never a problem

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      good product

                      By phanhaostudio

                      from Houston, TX

                      About Me Power User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • High-Quality Recording

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Camcorders

                        Comments about Sony DigitalMaster Mini (63 min HDV, 41 min DVCAM):

                        I had try to use it for many times and it is still
                        wokrk good. I am very happy to use it.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        It's really master tape

                        By harshee

                        from seattle WA 98144

                        About Me Enthusiast

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • High-Quality Recording

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Sony z1u

                          Comments about Sony DigitalMaster Mini (63 min HDV, 41 min DVCAM):

                          This is really a digital master tape but You have to be camcorder master so this tape can hold Your quality.I am using this tape in my sony HD z1u from first day. Now I am doing wedding/ infomercial video in seattle area. When I am doing video editing on apple final cut pro its reflect his cost as well as quality on screen as High Defination (HD). I never have complaint from this DIGITAL MASTER TAPE.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Best price around!

                          By Dixie Sonshine

                          from Cleveland, TN

                          About Me Power User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • High-Quality Recording
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Camcorders
                            • Dubbing
                            • Recording From TV

                            Comments about Sony DigitalMaster Mini (63 min HDV, 41 min DVCAM):

                            I use these for a small Gospel TV production. Excellent quality, I have reused them more than recommended and STILL have great sound and picture. I having buying this brand for about 5 years now.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Great Stock

                            By Filmguy

                            from Colorado

                            About Me Power User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • High-Quality Recording
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Camcorders

                              Comments about Sony DigitalMaster Mini (63 min HDV, 41 min DVCAM):

                              Have used this stock since the V1U came out. Never a clog and never a dropouts In excess of 1,000 tapes

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business
                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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                              5.0

                              " I have been TAPED for life"

                              By Weirdhal

                              from Boone, NC.

                              About Me Parent, Technically Challenged, Tech Savvy

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable Design
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Hands down the best
                              • Highly Compatible
                              • Produces Great Video

                              Cons

                              • What Con

                              Best Uses

                              • Documentaries
                              • HD Shooting
                              • Home Movies
                              • Shooting Indoors
                              • Shooting Outdoors
                              • Travel
                              • You name it

                              Comments about Sony DigitalMaster Mini (63 min HDV, 41 min DVCAM):

                              I have used other brands of tape,but none can compare to the Sony Digital Master Mini. You can rest assured that no other tape will be placed in the caste compartment for fear of poor quality video.
                              Harold

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Simply the Best

                              By CorpGuy

                              from Dallas, TX

                              About Me One-man Corporate AV

                              Pros

                              • Produces Great Video

                              Cons

                              • none

                              Best Uses

                              • All acquisition needs

                              Comments about Sony DigitalMaster Mini (63 min HDV, 41 min DVCAM):

                              This is the only HDV tape I feel comfortable shooting with. Nothing even comes close to performance and durability of the 63DMs. I travel oversees and throughout the US and this is the only HDV tape I trust. Reshoots are not an option so it's better to pay the price for peace of mind. I've been using these for 4 years and they have never let me down. If you are shooting HDV these are the tapes you should be using.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Sony DigitalMaster 63 min HDV

                              By Redsith

                              from Pasadena, CA

                              About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable Design
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Highly Compatible
                              • Produces Great Video

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Documentaries
                                • HD Shooting
                                • Home Movies
                                • Shooting Indoors

                                Comments about Sony DigitalMaster Mini (63 min HDV, 41 min DVCAM):

                                This is my first time purchasing any equipment for my Canon GL2 Camcorder. I didn't know if these tapes would work, so I took a big risk. I ordered 4 of the Sony DigitalMaster 63 min miniDV tapes, and I must say these tapes are by far the best miniDVs I've ever owned. The playback quality is flawless and HD, my camcorder is a Standard Definition. When I record my footage, the recording quality really improves my Camcorders recording capabilities, by NOT producing any dropouts, any lagging, any interference, and allows me to record footage exactly how I see it through the lens of my camcorder. I highly recommend these rare miniDV tapes to anyone looking for the best HD recording miniDVs on the planet! These tapes ARE COMPATIBLE for my Canon GL2 miniDV camcorder, and these tapes do WORK BETTER THAN ANY OTHER MINIDV tape out there! The tapes are also easy to use.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                I wouldn't use a lower cost tape

                                By Richard

                                from Utah

                                About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Highly Compatible
                                • Produces Great Video

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Sony DigitalMaster Mini (63 min HDV, 41 min DVCAM):

                                    We could order a lower cost tape, but the quality of this tape helps us deliver a quality video product to our clients. Other tapes often suffer from drops and skipped frames that effect the quality. I have not noticed the same issue with this tape.

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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    Best tapes for Sony FX1

                                    By Austin in HD

                                    from Austin, TX

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Best Quality

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Documentaries
                                      • HD Shooting
                                      • Home Movies
                                      • Shooting Indoors
                                      • Shooting Outdoors
                                      • Travel

                                      Comments about Sony DigitalMaster Mini (63 min HDV, 41 min DVCAM):

                                      If you want the best master digital recording use the SONY DVCAM Master Digital Cassettes. Don't skimp on quality and always buy from B&H - that is who I use!

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                                      • No

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