shooting a music video this weekend and there's been a fair bit of debate wether to use a DVCAM tape in the camera or MiniDV tape. I'm for DVCAM feeling it will avoid tape malfunctions.
But this is what the editor wrote in an email
Regarding the question of whether to shoot on DVCAM tapes or Mini-DV, I spoke to my friend, and he says he can borrow a DVCAM deck from ************, but that it's not worth it if we are not importing it as DVCAM footage.
I agree. I think for convenience we should shot on Mini-DV. as the tapes are cheaper.
We should only shoot on DVCAM if we are going to import the footage as DVCAM, and not copy onto Mini-DV.
We will only be able to import the footage as DVCAM, if we have our portable hard drive ready, to take up to London and record footage at DVCAM level onto that.
I always just assumed that DVCAM was the same as MiniDV as its essentialy all a DV signal, the only difference being that the tape is more robust, running faster to avoid drop out. Am I wrong?