care of mini dv tapes

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by funnypolack, Oct 13, 2005.

  1. funnypolack

    funnypolack Guest

    I always thought the best way to store video tapes was to keep them
    rewound in their cases- store upright at room temperature.

    maybe slightly cooler than room temperature.

    Im working with a music producer who told me he wants me to edit some
    dv footage he shot of a big musician.

    He said "Ive got about 2 years of tape in my fridge"

    At first I thought he was joking- or being metaphorical or something

    but no

    he REALLY keeps his tapes in a refrigerator

    hes very wrong on this right?

    cold air hurts dv tape- right?
     
    funnypolack, Oct 13, 2005
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  2. Does he live near the Sahara Desert? Otherwise, keeping tape
    in a fridge seems silly at best, and not necessarily good for
    the tape.
    Well, certainly moving it between room temp and cold
    climate is a good way to create condensation inside the
    cassette. That is why many (most?) camcorders have
    sensors that prevent them from operating when there is
    any chance of condensation.

    If I had to keep tapes in a cold climate, I would at least
    put them inside a zip-lock bag to keep the humidity
    constant.
     
    Richard Crowley, Oct 14, 2005
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