I shot a couple of rolls of Sony Excellence miniDV tape from a new lot\nI'd just received from B&H, and on playback both showed intermittent\nvideo breakup (horizontal sections perhaps 1/10th of the screen in\nheight, horizontally offset) along with missing audio in those\nsections.\n\nVisual inspection of a bad section shows, looking at the non-oxide\nside of the tape, a series of pin-point protrusions spaced a few mm\napart extending in the direction of tape motion. (The tape is indented\nas if pushed by a pin from the inside).\n\nDid my camera (VX700) suddenly go crazy, or did Sony's tape-making\nmachine go haywire? (I've been using the same tape as my "standard"\nfor quite some time with no problems.)\n\nAny suggestions on a house that would take a stab at recovery would be\nappreciated. I'm in Los Angeles.