What is DVCPRO?
is Panasonic's proprietary upgrade to the Mini DV standard just
as DVCAM is Sony's. DVCPRO equipment is
more rugged than DV cameras and is used in news filming and
The "standard" DVCPRO cassette holds 123 minutes
of tape. Newer ones do 184 minutes. All DVCPRO equipment
accepting the standard size cassette should be able to record or
play for 184 minutes, but only the newer equipment have been
"programmed" to understand the larger load. If you are
using the 184 minute tape in older equipment you may get strange
things happen, check with your Panasonic rep that rewinds, Fast
forward etc will all work as expected.
Like Sony's DVCAM the Panasonic
DVCPRO has a track pitch larger than the standard DV. With the
DVCPro it's 18 mm (as opposed to Sony's 15mm and 10 mm for DV).
All DVCPRO equipment is backward compatible and can play back
ordinary DV tapes and also Sony DVCAM tapes.
Detailed comparison of the DV,
DVCAM and DVCPRO formats
Another useful DVCPRO