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Old January 26th, 2005, 10:31 AM   #46
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old thread revisited...

I know this is a long dead thread but I stumbled upon it while looking for other stuff so let me add my experience...

In early 2004 I traveled to Amsterdam by flying out of Pittsburgh and stopping off in DC both ways. I carried my GL2 and the Panasonic 80 and 60 minute miniDV tapes in my Kata carry on soft bag.

Both as blanks, and tapes filled with various types of footage the bag was passed through the screeners. That includes the re-check through customs in both directions.

I know this is just my experience and through only a couple of airports but all of my tapes, and my partners tapes came through it with no issues.

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Old January 26th, 2005, 10:45 AM   #47
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Thanks Kevin,

As one of the original cautionist, I thought I should post that since then I have been back to africa a couple of times, and had my tapes scanned with no problems. Looks like I just had bad tape stock
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Old January 26th, 2005, 12:18 PM   #48
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To answer the origianl question.

X-Rays do not affect video tapes as the rays are not magnetic.

Even going through the MAG checkpoints that you walk through, which are magnetic, wouldn't erase your tapes. We have to use a monster of a degausser to erase our tapes.

X-Rays are cummulative on film. Every time a roll is x-rayed it is actually exposed a tiny bit. If you do this repeatedly you will end up fogging your film.

Regardless, you should never, ever, check your "exposed" tapes. They should always travel with you in your carry-on.

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Old June 16th, 2005, 01:25 PM   #49
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Hey

After living year in states i got lots of recorded tapes and also bunch of blanks. Now its time to go back to Europe and I was thinking to put all of them on carry on, but then, whats about x-rays at airport security and stuff, could it damage them? Should i put tapes in check in bag?
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Old June 16th, 2005, 02:35 PM   #50
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Last year I had to fly across country to shoot a documentary. I too was curious about the best way to do this. So I shot some footage onto two tapes. Just some random images. Then I loaded one tape in my carry-on, along with blank tapes, and one tape in my checked luggage, also with blank tapes.

I am told the checked luggage was x-rayed. Despite my best attempts to talk them out of it, my carryon luggage was ALSO x-rayed as I went through check in.

I detected NO Loss of image, drop outs or other anomolies in either test batch.

My concern was not for the X-ray's per se, but for the magnetic field generated by the machine. Apparently, it did no damage...

At least on my flight from San Francisco to Houston and Back.

I suppose it's possible that this scenario would not hold, at other airports with different gear at different times.



Bottom line. My suggestion is to carryon the tapes, and ask that they hand check without x-raying. Then throw yourself on their mercy if they decide to do it anyway. Chances are good that no harm will come.
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Old June 16th, 2005, 02:38 PM   #51
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Andzei,

Yes, this was also my experience. It did a number of video projects on a recent vacation. In all, I had 18 full tapes of footage. They were put in a suitcase that was checked luggage. I even watched them put it through the monster x-ray/bomb-detection machine. I check the tapes when I arrived home, and all of them are just fine.

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Old June 16th, 2005, 07:05 PM   #52
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In general you shouldnt have any problems

Having said that the machines used to xray checked luggage are generally worse then the ones used to xray carryons.

Another thing you could do is to get one of these bags that are shielded. We used to use them to transport high ISO film which back then often was damaged with the old xray equipment. It is simply a bag with shielding similar to the stuff they use to shield you from xray machines at the doctor.
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Old June 16th, 2005, 07:17 PM   #53
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huh, i wish luck for myself

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Old June 16th, 2005, 10:21 PM   #54
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Mini-DV tape is really hard to erase magnetically. Believe me, I have a tape eraser :D

I don't think X-rays mess with mini-DV tape, which stores information magnetically.
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Old June 16th, 2005, 10:27 PM   #55
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dude, what u use tape eraser for? :D
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Old September 22nd, 2005, 01:44 PM   #56
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Airport X-Ray Machines and Videotape

Curious if anyone has any experience??
I'm shooting for 2 weeks in Colorado. I am flying. I've never taken video tapes on a plane before. Will the X-ray machine screw up blank tapes(on the way out) or mini dv tapes that have video on them(on the way back).

I was thinking of shipping the tapes back home, but I'm a little nervous about the tapes being out of my sight.
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Old September 22nd, 2005, 01:53 PM   #57
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I don't think you'll have any problem. I took quite a lot of them to and from Argentina this summer with no problems.
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Old September 22nd, 2005, 02:09 PM   #58
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Brett,

I did a test back in November. Did some scratch exposures on some tapes. Loaded blank and 'exposed' tapes into my check on AND carry on luggage. Both were Xrayed. None were 'damaged."

My personal policy at this time is to carry exposed tapes with me, just so I don't lose them. That means they are likely to be xrayed at the check through. Sure, you can ASK they don't do this. My experience is that this causes them to check more carefully.

Your mileage may vary.
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Old September 22nd, 2005, 02:38 PM   #59
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Having travelled the globe many times over I can tell you it is not a problem at all. Have fun!



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Old September 22nd, 2005, 04:11 PM   #60
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I also travel frequently and have never had a problem with analog or digital tapes. It is possible if there is a long layover heat and humidity might harm the tapes, but Iíve experienced no problems from X-rays.
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