SUBJECT: Warning about switching tape BRANDS and HEAD Cleaning for your camera
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Hey fellow Allstars....Micha from Production C class.
I was shooting on Rachel Harts Music video in the green screen room
this past Tuesday. A fun shoot, and everything went fairly smooth,
until we played back the master camera footage before we left. YIKES!
Digital archiving had split the footage in a ZIPPER effect! We had a
coronary for the first 5 minutes, until the archiving went away, and
the footage seemed fine.
After this, I went home and did loads of research on the web and
dvxuser.com and came up with the following information. I will place
links below for all to peruse.
(1) SWITCHING TAPES: It is *absolutely* not advisable to be
switching brands of different tapes in and out of the DVX or any high
end prosumer camcorder. I think it might be advisable to make
mandatory tape purchases off of Rachel/Marissa, rather than purchasing
your own at Walgreen's. Not a good idea, according to folks working in
(2) CLEANING HEADS: There is a plethora of info about this on
DVXUSER, some of which I have pasted below. It seems as if you should
avoid constant use of the head cleaning tapes, and should use them
very sparingly. One link below recommends a procedure to "do it
yourself," but unless you feel comfortable doing that, I wouldn't
attempt is. It is a good idea to have head cleaning tapes (of your
camera's make,)as an emergency, for when you have have archiving
issues on the set, but do not use them all the time. Also, as Rachel
stated, ONLY use them for 5 seconds!
(3) CHECKING YOUR FOOTAGE ONSET: For those who don't know, the DVX has
a little button on the right hand-top side that is a "check footage"
button. This will allow you to check the last 3 seconds of shot
footage without breaking the time code. I am going to get into the
habit of doing this now, to make sure this doesn't happen again, and I
will carry a head cleaning tape with me as an emergency back up.
So many students use these cameras, the heads may have some issues. I
amhoping none of this happens on your shoots, but if you do buy tapes,
I would recommend buying them from the instructors....DON'T buy tapes
from Costco or anything that the instructors do not approve of, and
*definitely* do not switch brands of tapes back and forth, as tapes
can have either wet or dry emulsion, and switching between the two
will cause your footage to have archiving (i.e it will be ruined.)
Thanks and see you in class :-)
Links to blogs and helpful articles on the subject:
Look at Question # 7
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informative thread on cleaning the heads yourself. There is a strong
argument not to use head cleaning tapes, but then, we would need a
tech onsite to do any different