Cassettes for the DSR-300/300P
The DSR-300/300P can use standard-size and mini-
size DVCAM and DV series metal tape cassettes. (To
ensure high-quality playback, editing, and storage of
recorded contents, we recommend using highly
reliable DVCAM cassettes).
The following table lists the cassettes that can be used
in the DSR-300/300P.
The numbers in the model names show maximum
recording/playback time (minutes) for each model. For
example, the maximum recording/playback time of the
PDV-184ME is 184 minutes.
• If you insert an incorrect type of cassette, it will be
• When using a DV cassette, the maximum recording
time is reduced to two-thirds of the time indicated on
the cassette. For example, up to 40 minutes of
recording can be done on a 60-minute DV cassette.
The following figure illustrates the DVCAM cassette's
For ClipLink shooting, a DVCAM cassette including
"cassette memory" is necessary. In the cassette
memory, data required for editing the recorded video
(ClipLink log data) is stored. The DSR-300/300P can
record or play back the cassettes with cassette memory
of 16 kbits or less.
For details of ClipLink log data, see "ClipLink Shooting"
Notes on using cassettes
• Before storing the cassette, rewind the tape to the
beginning and be sure to put the cassette in its storage
case, preferably on end instead of flat on its side. The
storage case of a DVCAM cassette is specially
designed to eusure a long-period storage of the tape.
Storing a cassette in any other condition (not
rewound, out of its case, etc.) may cause the video
and audio contents to become damaged over time.
• If the cassette memory connector (contact point)
becomes dirty, connection problems may occur and
cause a loss of functions. Remove away any dust or
dirt from this area before using the cassette.
• If the cassette is dropped on the floor or otherwise
receives a hard impact, the tape may become
slackened and may not record and or play back
correctly. For instructions on removing tape slack,
see next page.
• Follow the instructions on page 51 to insert a
cassette, or the camcorder may be damaged.
Preventing accidental erasure
Set the REC/SAVE switch to SAVE to prevent
accidental erasure of recorded contents.
If you insert a cassette into the camcorder when this
switch is set to SAVE, the camcorder will not record
when you press the REC button.
To enable recording
Set the REC/SAVE switch back to REC.
Set to SAVE
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