Re: Re-Using Mini Dv Tapes

From: Bill Seery (email suppressed)
Date: Sat Jun 28 2008 - 08:02:40 PDT

The method in which information is stored on a DV tape will likely
give you defects like banding or blocks of pixels being scrambled
rather than image bleed that one finds in an analog format. Here's a
website with some examples:

I doubt you would see much after 20 uses, but it would be an
interesting test. I'd probably want to do it in a deck.

Bill Seery
email suppressed

> Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2008 09:53:32 -0700
> From: Ryan Marino <email suppressed>
> Subject: Re-Using Mini Dv Tapes
> I'm curious to severity of multiple uses of a mini dv tape. I know
> this is not something generally recommend for poor image quality/
> drop outs but this is what I am looking to see. When I say re-using
> a tape I'm talking somewhere around 20 times. I want to push the
> tape as far as it will go before breaking.
> I've read about drop out and image bleeding (both which interest
> me) is it safe to say this would happen after something like 20
> uses? I've also read that multiple uses of a tape is not good for
> the heads of a camera, could this damage a camera permanently?

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