To clean or not to clean, that is the question ??

Discussion in 'Video Cameras' started by Chris, Oct 13, 2003.

  1. Chris

    Chris Guest

    So what are your thoughts ??

    Some people say run a cleaning tape every 30hrs or so of tape use,
    others say only use a cleaning tape when you have a problem as the tape can
    actually wear the heads even faster.
    Then you have the dilemma of wet or dry clean ???

    I dont appear to have a problem but should I clean the DV heads or leave
    well alone ?????

    Chris, Oct 13, 2003
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  2. I suppose the answer may depend in which tapes you've been running, but
    FWIW I have six DV VCRs with hundreds of hours of use (two into four
    figures) and none of them have ever seen a cleaning tape, neither do I
    think they need to see one.

    I try to use Sony tape and perhaps 98% of the hours are with Sony, but
    there has been the occasional Panasonic through two of the VCRs. :-(

    Malcolm Knight, Oct 13, 2003
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  3. Chris

    Tony Morgan Guest

    In message <bmer6j$lv21g$>, Malcolm Knight
    I'd endorse what Malcolm has said Chris. I've been using my Sony TRV-30
    for two years quite heavily using exclusively Sony tapes and I've had no
    cause to clean the heads. A friend who uses Panasonic tapes has had to
    clean his heads every 3 to six months (depending on his camcorder

    You get what you pay for, and you might notice that Panasonic tapes are
    invariably the very cheapest and Sony tapes are invariably the most
    expensive (though not significantly more than Panny tapes).
    Tony Morgan, Oct 14, 2003
  4. Chris

    Chris Guest

    Thanks guys,

    You might be interested ( and others ) why I suddenly asked the question,
    well I have been using my trusted old TRV11 for about 3 yrs now with no
    problems, until last month when a friend filmed my wedding for me, I
    supplied all the tapes bar one, which, you guessed it was a panny, having
    played the tape back a couple of times in my machine I have seen a couple of
    frames blocking up, which I have NEVER had before. So you can see why alarm
    bells were ringing.

    Many thanks for the advice , the panny has been ditched now in favour of a
    Recorded DVD of that bit :)

    Chris, Oct 14, 2003
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