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- August 16, 2012 at 10:38 PM #48480AnonymousGuest
Recorded a wedding this weekend, using our usual set up, three canon gl2 cameras, maxell mini dv tapes(new), perfect weather and lighting. Ran head cleaner in all cameras before loading tapes 1.
Tape 2 from camera 1 has only right edge of frame recorded, the rest is pix elated gray on entire length of tape, this is on play back in camera. Tape 3 camera 3 is completely black. Was using the lcd screen at time and all seemed fine until I started to capture video into Abode. Very uneasy now about lost wedding footage in the future. What could have happened?
Faulty head cleaning tape. That would be my call. Picked up a lot of stuff in the first camcorder, deposited it on the heads of the other two. Use a New, Separate head cleaning tape for each camcorder next time, that means 3 new cleaning tapes.
Are you playing back from the same cameras that recorded each tape? Have you tried swapping them in other cameras?
I did play them back in the same camera they were recorded in. The second time I check one of the tapes it was no longer all black but has multicolored pix-elation. There were lots of hand held devices in the room, possible interference? Is there a DTE that comes highly recommended? Do not know if I can rely on tape anymore. Are there any other choices?
Thanks for the replies.
Becky, I have shot many weddings using MiniDV tape camcorders, I own 3 of them. Never an issue, I did transfer videos back to my camcorders using the original camcorder that shot the tape. Never once with all the hand held devices in the room was there any interfere with the tape. Tape is still the best recording medium going, to get a HD camcorder that could shoot the same Quality as your MiniDV tape camcorder, would cost in excess of $3300 for that HD camcorder.
Sounds more like a head clog or internal board problem than digital interference. Having shot thousands of tapes in all sorts of locations, the only time I saw this problem was with an internal bridge connector that went in and out of order (DSR-300 ENG camcorder). The viewfinder showed no problems, and I got no warning lights. And this is a professional camera! It spooked me for a while afterwards, but I didn’t abandon tape because of it.
I currently shoot tape and tapeless, often during the same event. I know of more people who lost data from a card than from a tape.