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Old March 16th, 2005, 11:55 PM   #1
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Do I need to do anything when using a new tape?

I purchased a Canon GL-2 camera.

I read somewhere about running a tape through the camera first to "format" it.

Is this true?

Or do I just drop the tape in and let it rip?
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Old March 17th, 2005, 12:10 PM   #2
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Other than a full fast forward and rewind, you should not need to do anything else (most people probably don't even do this --- and I don't do it in the camera). Some people like to "stripe" their tapes so that the timecode doesn't break. It is easier just to record a few extra seconds when recording a scene --- then start your next scene somewhere in those few throw-away seconds and the timecode doesn't break. Also, I would waste the first 30 seconds or so at the ends of the tape as these are sometimes spots for dropouts.

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Old March 17th, 2005, 10:32 PM   #3
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If you're going to waste the first 30 seconds, you might as well shoot room tone or ambient noise on location. Or put color bars if you may not be working with a digital workflow (with DV that's unlikely).
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Old March 17th, 2005, 11:02 PM   #4
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I strongly recommend running a head cleaning cassette through any new camera for about five seconds before loading that first tape.
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