It is not necessary to black a DV tape before recording on it. However, some DV veterans recommend it for two reasons: it lays down continuous time code, protecting you from Time Code resets; and some think it helps shake loose dust and detritus left over from manufacturing, slightly reducing the risk of dropouts during critical recording.

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The best video monitors — 2021

We rely on our video monitors to show us an accurate representation of our images throughout the production process. Here are some of the best video monitors currently on the market.