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Sony HDM63VG VG HDV Cassette (Videographer Grade )

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Product Highlights
  • For Mini DV and HDV Recording
  • 63 Minutes Recording Time
  • Single Layer AME-II Tape Technology
  • Fewer Errors and Improved Tape Stability
  • Improved Picture Quality

The Sony HDM63VG VG Videographer Grade HDV Video Cassette offers high quality, reliable recording at a reasonable price. It is recommended for Mini DV and HDV recording such as in use with professional HDV camcorders. The tape has fewer dropouts, which means fewer errors, resulting in improved tape stability and picture quality. The single layer AME-II tape technology provides a cleaner signal during playback.

Mini DV and HDV tape with 63 minutes of recording time
Fewer dropouts mean fewer errors, resulting in improved tape stability and picture quality
Single layer AME-II tape technology provides a cleaner signal during playback
Format Mini DV
Recording Time 63 minutes
Tape Length 239.5' (73m)
Coating AME-II tape technology
Packaging Plastic album (1)
Weight 1.6 oz (45g)
Sony HDM63VG VG HDV Cassette (Videographer Grade )
  • 90-Day Limited Warranty
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    SonyHDM63VG VG HDV Cassette (Videographer Grade )
     
    4.6

    (based on 118 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (87)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (25)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • High quality recording (92)
    • Reliable (85)
    • Good value (81)
    • Versatile (34)

    Cons

    • Drops frames (5)

    Best Uses

    • Master recordings (85)
    • Back-up (35)
    • Dubbing (22)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Power user (69), Enthusiast (37), Casual user (7)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (72)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Sometimes, tape is still the way to go

    Had to shoot several 1-hr. training presentations recently. I chose to shoot on HDV tape, because these presentations will be repurposed in the future - sometimes years in the future! It was...Read complete review

    Had to shoot several 1-hr. training presentations recently. I chose to shoot on HDV tape, because these presentations will be repurposed in the future - sometimes years in the future! It was great to know that my original footage could be re-diged from tape. We do many projects tapelessly, but for the longform training stuff we do, tape is still the best way to keep lots of footage stored cheaply. We have had great success with the Sony HDM63VG tapestock.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not worth the extra money

    We are professional videographers and used these tapes for a shoot using Sony's HVR-Z1U cameras. We had two dropped frames. If the shoot is family stuff, choose cheaper tapes. If every frame...Read complete review

    We are professional videographers and used these tapes for a shoot using Sony's HVR-Z1U cameras. We had two dropped frames. If the shoot is family stuff, choose cheaper tapes. If every frame counts, use Sony's Digital Masters.

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    5.0

    Sony makes a wonderful product.

    By Tony Too Pretty

    from Atlanta, GA

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • High Quality Recording

    Cons

    • Doesn't Record Audio Well

    Best Uses

    • Master Recordings

    Comments about Sony HDM63VG VG HDV Cassette (Videographer Grade ):

    I use the product to continue use of my tape-based cameras. It's very reliable, durable and easy to store away.

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    5.0

    great performer

    By arneand

    from Tucson Az

    About Me Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • High Quality Recording
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Master Recordings

      Comments about Sony HDM63VG VG HDV Cassette (Videographer Grade ):

      I have used many cassettes and they works well with no dropouts.

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      5.0

      If you have to use tape

      By bob the boom op

      from NYC

      About Me Power User

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        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sony HDM63VG VG HDV Cassette (Videographer Grade ):

            It's tape it works if you have to use it.

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            • No

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            4.0

            A reliable dinosaur

            By Robin

            from Brooklyn, NY

            About Me Power User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • High Quality Recording
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sony HDM63VG VG HDV Cassette (Videographer Grade ):

                I've used these tapes for over 4 years with my Sony HVRA1U and never had a problem. They may be becoming obsolete, but they've performed flawlessly for me, and for that I am grateful!

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                5.0

                The only tapes I use

                By Dre

                from White Plains

                About Me Power User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Value
                • High Quality Recording
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Master Recordings

                  Comments about Sony HDM63VG VG HDV Cassette (Videographer Grade ):

                  I've never had any problems with these tapes. They are great, and I dont really get drop frames.

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                  4.0

                  Solid choice for shooting HDV in field

                  By kmoney

                  from New York, NY

                  About Me Power User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Value
                  • High Quality Recording
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Sony HDM63VG VG HDV Cassette (Videographer Grade ):

                      For those of us dinosaurs who still shoot on tape, this is a good affordable and reliable HDV stock choice. Haven't noticed any dropouts yet. Not much else to say.

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                      4.0

                      Seems to work well

                      By Barny Fife

                      from Gig Harbor, WA

                      About Me Power User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • High Quality Recording
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Master Recordings

                        Comments about Sony HDM63VG VG HDV Cassette (Videographer Grade ):

                        I am recording video on a Canon XHA1 at high definition. These tapes seem to work fairly well. No complaints so far.

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                        5.0

                        Quality Cassette

                        By Josh

                        from Fergus Falls, MN

                        About Me Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • High Quality Recording
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Master Recordings

                          Comments about Sony HDM63VG VG HDV Cassette (Videographer Grade ):

                          I've had good luck with these. We use the Sony HVR Z1U with these and get good results.

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                          5.0

                          Great product and value

                          By Mack

                          from Pittsburgh

                          About Me Power User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good Value
                          • High Quality Recording
                          • Reliable
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Backup

                            Comments about Sony HDM63VG VG HDV Cassette (Videographer Grade ):

                            The price and quality of these tapes are a great value. There is still something to be said for tape as a backup.

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                            5.0

                            The Standard

                            By Mark at the Capitol

                            from Washington, DC

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                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Good Value
                            • High Quality Recording
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Master Recordings

                              Comments about Sony HDM63VG VG HDV Cassette (Videographer Grade ):

                              I have used these for years, and after countless hours of recording, I have only had one minor drop out. The only tape I use or would use.

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                              4.0

                              Great Tapes

                              By Felicia with Lady Luck

                              from Washington DC

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                              See all my reviews

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                              Pros

                              • Good Value
                              • High Quality Recording
                              • Reliable
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                              • Idk About Dropped Frames

                              Best Uses

                              • Backup
                              • Master Recordings

                              Comments about Sony HDM63VG VG HDV Cassette (Videographer Grade ):

                              Does the job for not as much as some of the others. Not sure if its the tape or not but I have noticed that when recording for a long time, dropped frames happen. I dont wana ust outright blame the tape though cuz it couldve been my reusing a prerecorded on tape. Whatever.

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                              4.0

                              It's my standard

                              By RocketTom

                              from El Segundo, CA

                              About Me Power User

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                              Pros

                              • Good Value
                              • High Quality Recording
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Master Recordings

                                Comments about Sony HDM63VG VG HDV Cassette (Videographer Grade ):

                                I use this to shoot HDV in a corporate environment. I've rarely run into drop out issues that is caused by the tape itself. It's good and reliable.

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                                5.0

                                HDM63VG VG HDV Cassette - great quality

                                By cerulean

                                from Chicago, Illinois

                                About Me Power User

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistant Flow Of Tape
                                • No dropped frames
                                • Reliable
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Backup
                                  • Data Capture
                                  • Documentary Work
                                  • Dubbing
                                  • Master Recordings

                                  Comments about Sony HDM63VG VG HDV Cassette (Videographer Grade ):

                                  I use the mini dv tapes for a variety of purposes, including documentary work and data capture for conceptual pieces.Consistent flow of tape and quality of image are dependable.No dropped frames, however I do run each cassette forward and back before use to avoid that potential problem. It's a habit.In a pinch where I needed only audio and not video, the tape captured what I needed.Having been very happy with the product as a repeat consumer, I would highly recommend it.

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                                  4.0

                                  Good tape for cost

                                  By Nicole

                                  from Detroit, MI

                                  About Me Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Good Value
                                  • High Quality Recording
                                  • Reliable
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Backup
                                    • Master Recordings

                                    Comments about Sony HDM63VG VG HDV Cassette (Videographer Grade ):

                                    I use the Sony HVR-Z1U and I never have any dropped frames, noticeably better quality than SD mini-dv tapes, and quite a bit cheaper than Digital Master tapes. I've used these tapes several times, it's only in the 3 or 4th use that I notice dropped frames.

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                                    5.0

                                    Digital dropouts eliminated

                                    By Art "The Video Man"

                                    from Dallas, PA

                                    About Me Power User

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Good Value
                                    • High Quality Recording
                                    • Reliable
                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Master Recordings

                                      Comments about Sony HDM63VG VG HDV Cassette (Videographer Grade ):

                                      I was having multiple digital drop-outs using conventional Mini-DV tape with my Sony HVR-Z1U HDV camera. My B&H video rep recommended this Videographer-grade tape over other (and more expensive) HDV tape for use in my camera. He said that the HDM63VG tape receives the best grades from the pros and explained why. He was right! No more digital dropouts! Problem solved!

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                                      3.0

                                      Hoping For Good Results!

                                      By The Video Guy

                                      from Houston Area, Texas

                                      About Me Power User

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • High Quality Recording
                                      • Reliable

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Master Recordings

                                        Comments about Sony HDM63VG VG HDV Cassette (Videographer Grade ):

                                        Honestly I have had some problems and issues with batches of Sony HDM tape. Sony, however, has done a good job of replacing tape that caused me problems. I have and will always look to Sony for the best quality of tape for all my Sony Camcorders.

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                                        5.0

                                        HDM63VG VG HDV Cassette

                                        By AN

                                        from Baltimore

                                        About Me Power User

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • High Quality Recording
                                        • Reliable

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Master Recordings

                                          Comments about Sony HDM63VG VG HDV Cassette (Videographer Grade ):

                                          Another great product from Sony. I did not get/see a single drop-out frame. Currently most videographers are using flash cards...so the price must come down on all of the tapes.

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                                          5.0

                                          Totally Reliable

                                          By David Jay

                                          from NY, NY

                                          About Me Power User

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Good Value
                                          • High Quality Recording
                                          • Reliable

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Backup
                                            • Dubbing
                                            • Master Recordings

                                            Comments about Sony HDM63VG VG HDV Cassette (Videographer Grade ):

                                            Used for all types of pro video production.
                                            Zero complaints about these tapes.
                                            Always reliable.

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                                            4.0

                                            Love 'em

                                            By NorthBay Media Arts

                                            from North East, MD

                                            About Me Enthusiast

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Good Value
                                            • High Quality Recording

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Master Recordings

                                              Comments about Sony HDM63VG VG HDV Cassette (Videographer Grade ):

                                              The only thing that keeps these tapes from getting 5 stars is the small fact that we still have the importing process! ;-)

                                              Great quality and longevity. We only use these Sony tapes in our HDV cameras.

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                                              5.0

                                              This is a worry free product

                                              By cgilbertlpm

                                              from Beverly, MA

                                              About Me Power User

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Good Value
                                              • High Quality Recording
                                              • Reliable

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Backup
                                                • Dubbing
                                                • Master Recordings

                                                Comments about Sony HDM63VG VG HDV Cassette (Videographer Grade ):

                                                I have used the Sony HDM63VG tapes over the past 6 years for every professional shoot using a pair of Sony Z1U cameras. I have never had a dropped frame or a failure in the tapes. Which has not been true of consumer grade tapes. Nor do they dirty the recording heads as quickly as consumer grade tape and other brands.

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