Is my camera broken, or is it the tape? at

Go Back   DV Info Net > The Tools of DV and HD Production > The Long Black Line

The Long Black Line
Tape, tape and more tape; and decks; HDV, DV, VHS and more.

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old June 20th, 2007, 03:55 PM   #1
Regular Crew
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 27
Is my camera broken, or is it the tape?

I'm not much of a videographer, only using my video camera a few times per year. My video camera is a Canon ZR-10 (the entry level model from about 5 years ago). The last time I used it (around Christmas) it worked fine.

I had always used the same brand and model of tape because I had read that using lots of different tapes would be bad for the camera.

A couple of weeks, I went to Sea World. I went to Best Buy and bought a few new tapes from a brand I had never used before. I cleaned the heads first using a head cleaning tape.

The first tape was fine and we got lots of good footage from it. The second tape was full of drop outs. Basically, the entire tape was messing up, with broken audio and artifacts in the video.

My wife then went on another trip the next week. Since it was the only tape we had on hand, I used the 3rd (and last) tape from that package, but I made sure to clean the heads first. She came back from the trip and this tape is even worse than the second tape. Broken audio and broken video.

Is it due to some weird tape/camera interaction? Or is my 5 year old camera on its last legs?

If it will help, I can upload a sample to Youtube to show the problems with the tape.
Tom DelRosario is offline   Reply With Quote
Old June 20th, 2007, 06:33 PM   #2
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Saint Cloud, Florida
Posts: 1,043
My advice is to try the brand of tape you used prior and test some footage. That should give you a good indication.
Marco Wagner is offline   Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

(800) 223-2500
New York, NY

B&H Photo Video
(866) 521-7381
New York, NY

Texas Media Systems
(512) 440-1400
Austin, TX

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

(800) 323-2325
Mineola, NY

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > The Tools of DV and HD Production > The Long Black Line

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:48 AM.

DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2018 The Digital Video Information Network