Care and purchase of minidv tapes - wow lots of opinions out there

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by RU42, Feb 9, 2004.

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    RU42 Guest

    I have been researching miniDV tapes, what brands, storage, etc and
    there is a lot of conflicting reports out there. This is what I have
    surmised from reading way to many threads in these forums and read on
    the web in general. If anything i say here is incorrect, please let me

    The last 2 sections are the ones I have the most questions about
    (pre-use and mid-use care.) But please feel free to somment on any

    WET vs DRY
    Neither one is better then the other. (Surprising little info on the
    differences between these 2; at least not that I could find.) One
    thing I saw was that 'wet' could build up but that was only on 1 web

    Switching Brands
    Most everyone says the issue of mixing tape types is no longer an
    issue but then go on to say they only use 1 type. Seems to be along
    the lines of technology not catching up with personal feelings yet -
    is it worth risking that great shot because you mixed tapes. General
    consenus is to use 1 brand but don't be afraid to us another brand in
    a dire situation.

    Which Brand is best?
    Sony, Panasonic, Maxell, TDK, and Fuji all have their champions. Seems
    like the general thought is to stick with the big names and avoid
    knock-offs and non-names. (See above item about sticking to a single

    Cleaning my heads?
    Every 50 hours of usage (recording/playback.) Use the tape head
    cleaner by the same manufacturer of the tape brand you have chosen.

    Long Term Tape Storage
    On it's end like a book (with the spine facing out) seems to be the
    most common.

    Pre-Treatment of tapes prior to using
    Wow, this one is right in the middle. Some say strip first (run a
    dummy signal from start to finish) before using to establish a
    consistent time code. Others say that is not necessary. ANYONE HAVE
    THOUGHTS ON THIS? Some say a lot of start/stop recording this is
    necessary. I could easily find myself in situations where I might
    start and stop 3-6 times as I fill up a tape. Other times could be
    8-12 times. Is striping really necessary and under what circumstances.

    During usage care
    I saw a post that said to rewind the tape to the beginning when you
    are done taping for the day (to prevent wrinkles in the tape) and then
    ffwd search to the blank spot the next day. Can someone clarify on
    this - when do you need to do this?

    Thanks for any and all help/comments

    RU42, Feb 9, 2004
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