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Old April 2nd, 2003, 03:06 PM   #1
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Hello everyone. My first post.

Question: Since I capture all my video to hard drives, can I just record over the mini dv tape multiple times. Will it degrade the video any?

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Old April 2nd, 2003, 10:25 PM   #2
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It depends on the quality of your tape. The quality of your DV picture will always look the same, but.... after many passes, you will start to get digital dropouts. I use cheap TDK tapes, but the quality seems the same as Panasonic and maybe even Sony. But at $3.10 each, I can usually get by with a dropout or 2 per tape. If I need to shoot something expensive, I use Panasonic Professional tapes mail order for under $5 each. even that is a good deal. I had a problem a few uses ago with head plugging and it was caused by Sony tape. I don't seem to ever have that trouble anymore since I went to Panasonic, and now hundreds of tapes later... TDK.

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