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Dean Orewiler March 24th, 2006 01:56 PM

I want to pre-stripe my tape with the XL1S by putting fresh tape in and recording all the way to the end so I have my time code imbedded...now, for syncing in editing, will the time code run continuous - or will it stop/start when I stop / start recording? This may be a stupid question, and I'm new to this..but learning. Thanks

Dean Orewiler March 24th, 2006 01:57 PM

Also, when I'm beginning a new scene or take / can I made an audible "BEEP" sound just to have a audible starting point to use as a reference with the time coding information?? I don't have a clap sticks.

Don Palomaki March 25th, 2006 06:31 AM

If you black the tipe (e.g., record with the lens cap on), time code should end up continuous, starting at zero and ending at a bit over an hour for a standard 60-minute tape, and any inserts recorded to the tape should hvae the same timecode.

As for a "beep' any noise source near a live mic can provide the tone if you you feel you need it; e.g., a small desk bell, voice saying "beep", make your own clapper with a hinge and a couple short boards, etc.

Jeff Mayne April 22nd, 2007 07:52 PM

What is the benefit of blacking the tape, is it something I should be considering?

Don Palomaki April 23rd, 2007 11:45 AM

Ensures no breaks (i.e., un-recorded space) in time code over the length of the tape, which is helpful when capturing from tape. It is not necessary for most users, and mainly adds wear to the heads. But some folks like to do it anyway.

Could also be used, with an instrumented VCR, to play the tape and check for dropouts, but most folks and not equipped to do that sort of testing.

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