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

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

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


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

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Sony PHDVM-63DM overview

  • 1Description

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

Sony PHDVM-63DM specs

Tape Format Mini DV
Recording Time DV-LP: 94 Minutes
DVCAM: 41 Minutes
HDV/DV-SP: 63 Minutes
Quantity 1
Coating Diamond Like Carbon (DLC)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.15 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.2 x 3.1 x 0.7"

Sony PHDVM-63DM reviews

DigitalMaster Mini (63 min HDV, 41 min DVCAM) is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 57.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best HDV Tape As a professional cameraman, I have been using these Sony Digital Master HDV tapes for about 10 years for commercials and web videos. I have about 600 in my tape vault, all shot on my Sony Z1U and FX1 cameras. The tapes are extremely dependable. Amazingly, in all these years I've only seen a few momentary drop-outs, and I have never lost a scene to tape damage. These days I use my HDV cameras for second or third cameras on many shoots, or when I need a special look such as low shutter speed. I am very glad that Sony continues to make this tape, and that B&H continues to sell them.
Date published: 2016-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Xlnt Tape Best ever. Yes the days of tape are coming to an end, still.. I use a Sony HVR Z1U I've never had any problems.
Date published: 2015-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality to value is right on!! Best recording media next to cards!!
Date published: 2015-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sony DigitalMaster 63 min HDV 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.
Date published: 2011-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I say YES! The best tapes I have ever used.
Date published: 2015-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best Tape Since Sliced Bread Since I shoot both DVCAM and HDV in two different cameras, I needed to find a good quality tape that would do double duty. This is certainly the one. I have tried many different brands and levels of quality and finally found a tape with consistancy. With consumer grade mini DV tapes I saw a lot of dropouts and inconsistant color. With DigiMaster tapes all that is gone.
Date published: 2008-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Tape I own a videography company and we film many different events. Many events, such as weddings, we use our Sony PD-170 for the low light capabilities on our smaller packages that do not include HD. We switched to these tapes looking for better quality than the premium blue brand of Sony Mini-DV tapes. The moment we started downloading, I could see a difference in sharpness and color. However, not one that would make it comparable to HD, but still noticeably better. I didn't notice a few drop frames towards the end of one tape, however the rest were perfect all the way through. I have been told that the tape gets thinner towards the end, so we started changing the tapes when we had about 5 mins left on them. The cost is much higher than the premiums, but in our eyes, worth it. We had more than one small drop frame on the premiums, plus the quality just adds to our products. The cases they come in are much more durable too.
Date published: 2010-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality 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.
Date published: 2015-03-15
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