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Old July 2nd, 2005, 04:14 PM   #1
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how long to use mini dv tapes

Does anyone have any opinions or ideas as to how many times you should/can record on a mini dv tape before it starts to cause you greif?
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Old July 2nd, 2005, 04:57 PM   #2
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Check this link among many.

Do a search and you will find many many links on this subject. The link below is just one of them. Good luck.

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Old July 3rd, 2005, 07:28 PM   #3
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lol thanks dun know why i couldnt find that the other day :-)
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Old August 17th, 2005, 04:28 PM   #4
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never, ever, ever re-use tapes! Would you rather pay about $4.50 for another tape? Or, lose a client instead because you re-used a tape and all the footage was unusable?
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Old August 17th, 2005, 04:33 PM   #5
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See Jacques post above. Memorize the words in the post and you will be fine.
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Old August 18th, 2005, 01:56 PM   #6
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Most likely it will be fine... BUT... why gamble to save $3?




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Old August 19th, 2005, 11:23 AM   #7
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"How long to use mini dv tapes?"

Let's see... no longer than 60 minutes.

I used to be in the "Re-use" Camp, but have gotten stung by dropouts in critical areas. "Penny wise and pound foolish" to re use tapes.
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Old August 19th, 2005, 05:32 PM   #8
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Do not do it. Spend a couple of bucks. Not only what the rest say about quality, but, man you never know when you may need the footage you cheaply taped over. Bob
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Old August 19th, 2005, 05:34 PM   #9
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I see some strong opinions in favor of always using new tapes. Does this mean that if I do, I won't have any drop outs? Is that the collective experience of the "don't reuse" camp? If so, I'll switch camps too. Early on, I thought I was getting occasional dropouts with new tape.
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Old August 22nd, 2005, 10:24 AM   #10
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I Re-use tapes when messing around, and experimenting with new techniques.

For actual production when it matters, new tapes. I'll even use a stand-alone tapewinder before using a brand new tape just to get any potential loose residue out instead of it coming in contact with the camera heads.
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Old August 24th, 2005, 10:01 AM   #11
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I find user error is the main reason not to re-use tape. User error is when you think a tape doesn't have useful footage on it... but it does.
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