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Old April 4th, 2008, 06:44 AM   #1
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Getting continuous code.

When I remove a tape and reload it to record more, on Pana cams if I recue it to 5 secs back from the end of the code, they'll continue recording without a break in the code.

The A1 doesn't seem to do this, any way to reload and record without a break in the code? Thx.
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Old April 4th, 2008, 08:29 AM   #2
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As long as the heads are over previously recorded tape (which could be less than 5 sec back) you should obtain continuous video and thus time code. However, if you have selected to use the free running time code clock, you will have time code jumps and it will not be a sequential count.

Also, see the note on page 43 of the manual.
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Old April 4th, 2008, 07:42 PM   #3
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Thanks Don. It was a surprise when I first saw the break and I just checked it again. It has 2 secs of blue with no code, then picks up continuous code and the new pix and that's blurred for 1 sec. I must have cued it right near the break and I did it in somewhat of a hurry which is probably the answer.

I have to fill the tapes up for the archives I'm working for or I'll end up with miles of tapes so this is important and I 'blue' it on the first try with the A1, ah me.
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Old April 5th, 2008, 10:39 AM   #4
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Well, you could always make a digial copy to another tape and edit out the part you "blue"
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Old April 6th, 2008, 10:04 PM   #5
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Yep but I'll leave this one as is the archives, frighten someone who'll come across it circa 2050, if the tapes last that long :)
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Old April 7th, 2008, 07:46 AM   #6
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OK. Maybe put a note in the tape box (use archival grade paper and ink) to the explain the time code/video break to future generations.

FWIW: I have some 45 year old reel-to-reel audio tape that plays OK, and some 29 year old VHS tape that plays OK as well.
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Old April 9th, 2008, 07:13 PM   #7
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Good idea Don, but that archival papers expensive here. I'll buy only one sheet cause I don't plan for this to happen again.
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Maybe use non-archival plain old paper, and just replace the note every 20 or so years <G>.
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