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Matt Sawyers June 1st, 2005 02:55 AM

Head Cleaner Tape
 
I have a Maxell Head cleaning tape, but I have lost the instructions. I can't remember if you are supposed to PLAY for 10 seconds or RECORD for 10sec. Please help. Thanks

K. Forman June 1st, 2005 05:12 AM

Just play it, but for no more than 10 seconds.

Chris Hurd June 1st, 2005 10:59 AM

I vote for five or six seconds.

K. Forman June 1st, 2005 11:04 AM

Agreed Chris... Try going to the Maxel site, and search for instructions. If you overuse it, you'll kill the heads. Keep it short.

Dominic Jones June 1st, 2005 06:20 PM

What's the vote on when and how often? I seem to remember a figure of every ten hours or so of head time - sound right?

Also, I remember someone advising using the head cleaner after just a few hours of usage with a new camera - do you recommend that?

I've just bought a new Z1 and I'd like to keep it in as good a shape as possible, as it's going to be something of a work-horse...

K. Forman June 1st, 2005 07:04 PM

I do it before every shoot, but I usually go through 2-3 tapes and then capture from the camera that night. And then shoot the occasional 5-10 minutes of whatever grabs my attention until the next job.

Also, cleaning the the cam and doing a 5 minute camera test are a ritualistic safety net for me. I run the cleaner tape, inspect the lenses and filters for damage and clean them. Load a virgin tape, shoot a few minutes and white balance. After rewinding, I'll play it back and look for problems in picture and audio. If there is going to be an issue, I want to know before the event, not after.

Dennis Vogel June 2nd, 2005 04:29 PM

I've always heard 50 hours (or when the "clean" indication comes on on the cam) as the time to clean. I would think 10 hours would seriously shorten the life of the heads.

Good luck.

Dennis

Jan van den Hemel June 3rd, 2005 05:52 AM

I've just tried a Sony cleaning tape in my Canon XM1. It seemed to work a little, as some tapes I was experiencing playback problems with now play fine while others still have sound issues. I've played the cleaning tape 5 times, ten seconds each time. Should I just play it more until the problem is totally gone or will it do damage?

Colvin Eccleston June 3rd, 2005 07:23 AM

Sony recommend that for the Z1 you only use cleaner tape as a last resort and if absolutely necessary. You should only run the tape for 5 seconds and no more than twice at a time.

Jan van den Hemel June 3rd, 2005 07:45 AM

The (sony) manual stated 10 seconds and a maximum of 5 times in a row..

What will go wrong if you do it for too long/too often?

K. Forman June 3rd, 2005 09:12 AM

You'll wear out the heads, and you will end up with a very expensive tape rewinder.

Matt Sawyers June 3rd, 2005 05:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Keith Forman
Agreed Chris... Try going to the Maxel site, and search for instructions. If you overuse it, you'll kill the heads. Keep it short.

I did do this and could not find it to my surprise. I think I'll go for the 5-6 sec. just top be safe. I know Canon says to clean the heads after each use at least the manual for the GL2 says this.

K. Forman June 3rd, 2005 06:34 PM

" I know Canon says to clean the heads after each use at least the manual for the GL2 says this."

Of course they do... When you need a new cam, they'll be very happy to sell you another ;)

Jan van den Hemel June 4th, 2005 04:57 AM

Well, not necessarily an expensive tape rewinder - you can still record directly to a harddrive.

J. Stephen McDonald June 10th, 2005 10:48 PM

I've had my VX2100 for over a year now and my cleaner cassette is still sealed in its original wrapper. It'll stay there, until I see signs that the heads really need cleaning. The delicate surface on video heads is just like the cartilage in your knees. If you do things that wear it down, you'll be hobbling at a too-early point in life.


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