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Old September 6th, 2003, 11:37 PM   #1
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Should I strip a USED tape?

Hi all.

I was wondering what everyone thought concerning striping a tape that already has been fully recorded. If possible, I'd like to re-use my minidv tapes that I shot on the DVX100---but are there any known issues when striping tapes for another round of recorded video? Have there been any tests/studies on re-recording over video? Are the images still 100% clear or will it start to degrade?

Or, should I just play it safe and buy new tapes?
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Old September 6th, 2003, 11:55 PM   #2
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Nick,
There are many threads and opinions here on using used tapes.

The bottom line is simple: if you're shooting something important use a new tape. Tape is dirt cheap, particularly compared with missing something irreplaceable, screwing up a day's shooting with cast and crew, or dissolving up your reputation.
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Old September 7th, 2003, 01:22 AM   #3
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Thanks Ken,
I did do a search, but I couldn't get the right search phrase to come up. I typed "strip tape used" and it gave me a bunch of links--I read them, but I still couldn't find the answer. So I posted here. Thanks anyways, you answered it:)
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Old September 7th, 2003, 02:03 AM   #4
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Keep in mind that if you are going to "strip" miniDV tape, it's going to put wear on your heads. Some guys buy a cheap cam for doing this. But like Ken said, it's not worth the bother.

PS: some shooters like to "strip" even new tape. There's something about this at supervideo.
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Old September 7th, 2003, 02:15 AM   #5
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The term you may have been looking for is actually "stripe", although it does not specifically relate to "reuse".
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Old September 7th, 2003, 03:16 AM   #6
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Stripe, like what a solder has on his shoulders?
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Yup. Or like a skunk has down its back. <g>
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