Storage Life of Mini DV at

Go Back   DV Info Net > The Tools of DV and HD Production > The Long Black Line

The Long Black Line
Tape, tape and more tape; and decks; HDV, DV, VHS and more.

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old November 5th, 2004, 02:49 AM   #1
Major Player
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Bonaire, Ga.
Posts: 356
Storage Life of Mini DV

Does anyone know how long a properly stored Mini DV tape will last before detoriation makes it unusable?
Mark A. Foley is offline   Reply With Quote
Old November 5th, 2004, 10:24 AM   #2
Retired DV Info Net Almunus
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 6,943
I don't really know, Mark. But I can tell you that I have some Beta tapes that have reached their 20th anniversary and still play fine. (Don't ask.) I also have some VHS tapes that are at least 17 years old that look as good as their youth (which, admittedly, was not dazzling by current standards.) So I would expect MiniDV tapes to have a long life if stored well.
Lady X Films: A lady with a boring wardrobe...and a global mission.

Hey, you don't have enough stuff!
Buy with confidence from our sponsors. Hand-picked as the best in the business...Really!

See some of my work one frame at a time:
Ken Tanaka is offline   Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

Professional Video
(800) 833-4801
Portland, OR

Omega Broadcast
(512) 251-7778
Austin, TX

(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. CA

(800) 238-8480
Glendale, CA

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > The Tools of DV and HD Production > The Long Black Line

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:26 AM.

DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2015 The Digital Video Information Network