General consensus here in


General consensus here in the UK is that striping a DV tape is totally pointless, increases the chance of drop-outs, then adds extra wear to fairly light duty tape mechanisms. In good old analogue days there was some point, mainly to do with continuity of code. The real point is should you re-use tapes? For me, the answer is a solid NO – Never! My thoughts are that if you have to re-use tapes for economy reasons, you are accepting the fact that previous wear could be a problem, so the occasional flash of old material isn’t a big deal? You’re more likely to get pixelated drop outs that annoy, than the occasional flash frame! There is no technical reason any longer to do this – and it really does increase wear and tear – and fixing this is rarely economic, certainly in the cameras where throwing a perfectly good camera away because the transport is worn out seems quite common!

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