Yes and No. The issue seems to be the formulation of tape lubricants. When Sony and Panasonic manufactured tapes are mixed the lubricants intermingle and become tacky. The result is that the tape mechanism will stop. (On a Canon XL-1 this is shown in the viewfinder by "Eject Tape" flashing in the viewfinder.)
The best advice seems to be to stick with tapes from the same brand. This includes continuing use of Head cleaning tape from the same manufacturer. The problem is that it is not always practical or desirable to use any particular brand of tapes. This is complicated by OEM arrangements, where one manufacturer allows another to repackage tapes under their brand. These arrangements are jealously guarded secrets.
Generally speaking, Panasonic Digital Media manufactures about 70% of DV media, Sony manufactures 25% and TDK manufactures 5%. These figures are approximate and of course subject to change. I know Maxell and Fuji have DV and DVCPRO tape brands, I would expect these manufacturers to enter the game very soon if they are not already as both have a history of providing media.
What I can find from direct experience of these OEM arrangements is that Panasonic makes Canon and JVC tape. Sony makes its own tape. TDK makes its own. I do not know who makes Fuji, Maxell or other tape brands.
Last update: 07:41 PM Monday, February 27, 2006