We have four different devices (3 cameras and one deck) that can play back miniDVs here in the studio and yet, not a single one of them can play back miniDV tapes that clients have recorded in LP mode.
Now before you get onto me about how stupid it is to record in LP mode, let me make it clear that clients bring in tapes that they've recorded in this mode, not us. We have a JVC BR-DV600U deck that we use for most of our miniDV standard def capturing, but after a few seconds of playback it will come up with an "LP Inhibit" message and stop playing. We have a Sony DCR-VX1000 that will play them back, but at the wrong speed, so that everything is sped up.
Can anyone tell me some specific camcorders or decks that can play back miniDV tapes recorded in LP mode? We're just looking for something inexpensive because this is mostly for transfer jobs that are a very small part of our company's revenue anyway.
I had heard that different camera brands record LP mode differently, so if you have (for example) a Sony camcorder that records a tape in LP mode, it may not play back in a JVC camcorder, etc. Is this true?
Tell your clients, that if they bring in tapes recorded in LP, that they have to bring along the camera that it was recorded on, too. That is the only relatively sure way to capture. If they do not want to do that, it's a no go. And even if they do, no guarantees it will work. One of the drawbacks of being penny wise pound fullish to record in LP.
Like Harm said... I've only had success when capturing those LP tapes using the same camera that recorded them. And LP mode is not just for th penny-pinchers... I use it in a church balcony camera for long wedding ceremonies simply because I can't get up there to change out tapes.