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>>2. But most importantly to put one continious time code on the tape for the whole of its length.The time code is not changed when you record on it later, even if you take the tape out the camera and use it in the camera at a different time later on a different spot on the tape the time code will still be continious.<<
While I will admit my strength is post-pro and not production, I believe that in modern digital camcorders timecode is written every time the camera records to a tape. So even if there is already timecode on a tape it is overwritten when the tape is recorded over. So while you won’t get two points on a tape that read as the origin (00;00;00;00) you can still end up with duplicate time code locations with this technique, this can still lead to timecode breaks.
BTW: The simplest way to fix a tape with timecode breaks is to dub the tape. Of course the tapes new timecode will no longer match your shooting log, but there isn’t much I can suggest for that.
>>if you want to make sure your tape will spool correctly, simply fast forwardand rewind it. there is no need to stripe the tape, unless you want to put a lot more hours on your heads that needs to be.<<
Wouldn’t running the tape through the camera at FF or FR put more strain on the heads than running it through at the normal record speed?