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Old February 9th, 2007, 08:03 PM   #1
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Sony DVCAM Tape-How Many Times To Use

I'm using the Sony DVCAM 40 tape for weddings. How many times should I record on them before I discard them? I'm currently using them 2 times and recording over them in between. Thanks!!
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Old February 10th, 2007, 01:38 PM   #2
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IMO if you are getting PAID to shoot weddings then you charge client for NEW tape = use tape ONE time for paid jobs
...re-use it on non paying jobs or vacations ...

i usually start to notice drop-outs around 3rd re-use of tape
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Old February 10th, 2007, 09:01 PM   #3
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Reusing DV tapes for "client work" is penny wise and pound foolish. I have never done it, the risk of drop-outs is simply not worth it. Tape is cheaper than business development and reputation repair. Do a search and you'll find lots of discussion of this issue in other threads. The bottom line: you are taking a risk. In my opinion, DV (mostly) and DVCAM (somewhat) are write once, capture once, and then archive on the shelf type media.
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Old February 11th, 2007, 12:09 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info. I'll start using the tapes once. Also, on a new tape do you record over it before you use it to create a blank timeline?

One other question. Using close to $100 worth of tapes per wedding would it be better to use a hard disk recorder (DTE)? Thanks.
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