Sony HDM63VG

4.86 out of5based on7 customer ratings
(7 customer reviews)
Sony
  • DVCAM Run Time: 41 Minutes
  • Tape Size: Small Cassette
  • Mini DV/HDV Run Time: 63 Minutes

ID: 2211

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Sony 63 Minute Videographer Grade Mini DV/HDV Tape:  HDM63VG

This professional grade mini dv tape, the HDM63VG, offers high quality, reliable recording at a reasonable price. VG stands for "Videographer Grade." The VG tape is recommended for use with Sony Professional HDV camcorders and performs better than competitors in the DV/HDV category.

  • Fewer Dropouts- Fewer dropouts means fewer errors and a more stable tape. The 63VG tape also has improved picture quality.
  • Fewer Errors- Single layer AME-II tape technology provides a cleaner signal during playback.

Eligible for Sony Rewarding Recording!

The HDV63VG tape from Sony qualifies for 2.5% back in Sony Rewarding Recording dollars.

What Should You Know About Mini DV Tapes?

Mini DV tapes are metal evaporated video tapes for use in both consumer and professional recording environments. The format is favored because it is easy to use. Mini DV cameras are portable and lightweight, and Mini DV cassettes are an affordable choice.

This HDM63VG tape is designed to fill the quality gap between the DVM60PRR, which is a consumer-grade tape, and the 63DM Digital Master, which is designed for use in professional applications. Sony's 63VG formula results in 75% fewer dropouts and 40% fewer errors than the DVM60PRR.

Sony recommends that you run a cleaning tape every 50 hours of recording or playback.

Mini DV Lubricant

There are many conflicting reports on the effects of "Wet vs. Dry" lubricants in Mini DV tapes. For an in-depth explanation, check out Sony's article on the issue.

ID: 2211 BRAND: Sony PART NUMBER: HDM63VG Category:

Technical Specifications

Brand Sony
Product Type Mini DV
Model HDM63VG
Part Number HDM63VG
DVCAM Run Time 41 Minutes
Tape Size Small Cassette
Mini DV/HDV Run Time 63 Minutes

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Doug:

    PROS:
    Love it! Great performance!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Megan:

    PROS:
    very reliable

    CONS:
    a little pricy

  3. 4 out of 5

    Don:

    PROS:
    ****

    CONS:
    **

    USAGE:
    In a HD sony camcorder.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jim:

    PROS:
    Everything went smoothly....no problems.

    CONS:
    None

  5. 5 out of 5

    Phillip:

    PROS:
    very good


    CONS:
    cost high

    USAGE:
    Wedding

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ramy:

    PROS:
    hi quality 1440X1080 content

    CONS:
    nothing

    USAGE:
    record on sony Z1 camera

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bob:

    PROS:
    I must have run a couple of hundred tapes through multople cameras, all recording Sony HDV format, and have NEVER had any problem - no drop outs, no failures, no glitches - and that's in snow, deserts, rainstorms, Indian sub-continent heat, and any other kid of weather. And because they come in smaller cases, I can actually carry enough stock in my carry on luggage to get me through 3 weeks or so of overseas documentary shooting.

    CONS:
    The small plastic cases sometimes crack, but when stored in the 5-tape boxes themselves, they can better withstand some of the travel stress.

    THOUGHTS:
    I had a hard time convincing myself that these tapes would work as well as the 3x more expensive Sony stock in the hard shell plastic cases, but I have actually had more problems (and that's not very many either, so...) with the more expensive stock.

    USAGE:
    Primarily we use these tapes when we travel overseas shooting docs, but more often than not now I am loading my cameras for music shoots and archival stuff in the USA. But I have used this stock as raw footage for network broadcast programs, too. A true find! If tape is the cheapest part of the production process, it's great to know it's also one of the most reliable.