Panasonic Broadcast Debuts Professional DV Tape Line
Posted Jun 27, 2005

Panasonic Broadcast has announced the immediate availability of its Advanced Master Quality (AMQ) professional DV tape series, promising increased durability and reliability in DV tape for professional users. The new 6.35MM metal evaporative tape provides unprecedented performance for DVCAM, DV SP, and DV LP recording, according to Panasonic.

The AMQ Series is designed to offer improvements in regard to drop-outs, clogging, and still-image playback over previous Panasonic professional DV tape, and to provide higher signal output and a lower error rate. A dry-type lubricant and a durable diamond-like carbon (DLC) film with extra thickness are designed to increase durability during still image playback and extend 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, Panasonic claims.

Panasonic reports that 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.

An easy-write cassette label is already affixed to the cassette housing, so writing titles directly on the label is quick and easy. Both the large and small tape sizes use a two-way open soft vinyl case that is designed to be rugged yet easy to open.

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