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Can I change the recording speed?

I shoot long depositions with my VX-1000 and I'm trying to change the recording speed to make the tape last longer. How do I do that? I can't find it in the manual anywhere. Thanks!

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Hello tiffany27,
Go to menu of camera and find Record Mode, there you can select SP or LP. SP stands for standerd play & LP for long play.

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