Panasonic ships advanced DV/DVCAM tape stock

A newly-developed, dry-type lubricant and a diamond-like carbon film with extra thickness boosts the tape’s durability during still image playback and extends VTR head life.

Panasonic Broadcast has announced the immediate availability of its Advanced Master Quality (AMQ) professional DV tape series — a new stock it said offers a new level of durability and reliability in DV tape for professional users.

The new 6.35MM metal evaporative tape provides performance for DVCAM, DV SP and DV LP recording. The AMQ Series offers advancements in regard to drop-outs, clogging and still image playback in comparison to previous Panasonic professional DV tape.

Panasonic said a newly-developed robust dry-type lubricant and a durable diamond-like carbon (DLC) film with extra thickness boosts durability during still image playback and significantly extends VTR head life. These advanced production technologies allow the AMQ tape to stand up to the repeated rewinding, fast-forwarding and playback typical of professional editing.

The new series offers a new surface treatment process (Super Advanced Metal Evaporation or S-AME) for improved magnetic density and an increased output level of +1.2dB, resulting in a more precise and secure recording. Improvements even extend to the cassette housing, with a new gray color, dust-proof anti-static lid and durable ABS resin shell construction — the same material used for high-quality data tape.

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