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Can the Panasonic AG-DV2500 play 90 minutes Minidv tapes?

I use the DV2500 to record videos from minidv tapes on my computer, using QT Pro. I never had problem doing it until recently. What happened is that when I put the tape in the DV2500 and press play, it stopped after only 2-3 seconds. On the screen, I get the message that the recording has stopped because the video has come to its end, which is not true. I believe these tapes (Fujifilm DVM60 60/90) were set up by our camera to record 90 minutes, instead of 60. With another tape deck, I've been able to read these tapes without any problem. And when I use any other tapes with the DV2500, believed to be 60-minutes tapes, everything works fine. My conclusion: the DV2500 has problem with 90-minutes tapes. Is it the case? Thanks.

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  • vincentb113 Dec 10, 2008

    Thanks for your comment, it seems to confirm my observations. Do you know if this is written somewhere, like in the owner manual or on Panasonic's website?

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The DV2500 will not play LP (90 minute) tapes. when an LP tape is inserted, it will play for 2-3 seconds, and then eject.

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