prerecord video tape?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by nkadlac, Apr 21, 2007.

  1. nkadlac macrumors newbie

    Feb 5, 2005
    minneapolis, mn
    I remember reading awhile back about this. Does anyone typically prerecord their DV tapes as black so the timecode runs through without dropping? Are there better ways to handle this? Thanks.
  2. bkvideography macrumors member

    Apr 18, 2007
    Right from the Final Cut manual:

    "Techniques for Avoiding Multiple Occurrences of the Same Timecode Number on a Single Tape :

    Duplicate timecode numbers on a single tape can be one of the most frustrating experiences during logging and capturing. Make sure the camera operator is aware of these pitfalls before shooting, especially when using a consumer camcorder.

    Note: A camcorder may automatically shut off after sitting idle for several minutes to conserve battery power. One solution is to use AC power with the camcorder, though this isn’t always practical. Here are some techniques for avoiding reset timecode counters when shooting with consumer DV camcorders: Â Prerecord a video signal (preferably black) on each tape before production to create a continuous timecode signal on the entire tape. This is called blacking a tape. You can do this in any camcorder by pressing Record with the lens cap on and the microphone disconnected (to avoid recording any audio signals). The more professional solution is to use a DV deck and its internal black generator. Some DV decks also allow you to choose what timecode number your tape starts with. Â Dub your tapes so that you copy the video and audio information, but not the timecode. The dubbed tapes become your new source tapes, and you can capture from these."

    My personal advice is to not do this because you are doubling the wear on your camera. If you keep your camera clean and use it properly, you shouldn't ever get broken timecode. Follow the advice in your camera's manual and you should be fine.

    - Hope that helps.

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