Why aren't these tapes working?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by iMacZealot, Apr 27, 2008.

  1. iMacZealot macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2005
    I was just send about half a dozen miniDV tapes for this client's project I need to edit together in about ten days. As I was putting in the first one, the tape ripped...great. However, that's not the point.

    I put in the second tape, and my HV20 says "Incorrect Tape Specification - Playback is Restricted" in giant red letters. All of my other cameras, which are SD, do the same thing. I even checked to see if the tape was LP, and it still did the same thing. I don't understand why these tapes that were sent to me aren't working. They're identical to ones I used before I switched to high definition.

    Any help? Thanks.
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    Any idea which brand and model of tape gives you the problem?
  3. ChemiosMurphy macrumors 6502

    Sep 25, 2007
    Warminster, PA
    DVCAM !!!!! I be the client recorded them in DVCAM mode....
  4. iMacZealot thread starter macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2005
    After some investigation in my camera's manual, the tapes are either PAL or SECAM. I think it's PAL since I think my client is in Singapore, but I can't be sure. I really wish Sony would indicate that on their tapes.

    So, what's next? How do I convert them to NTSC?
  5. LethalWolfe macrumors G3


    Jan 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    You mean like your client writing "PAL" on them?:p

    Find a friend w/a camera that does NTSC and PAL (IIRC, a Z1U does both) or go to a post house or dub facility and pay for them to get transfered.

  6. iMacZealot thread starter macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2005
    ...or Sony, at the very least.

    I guess I'm off to Wolf Camera...how expensive would it be for them to transfer 4 tapes?
  7. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020


    Apr 16, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    It's been a while so I'm not sure what the average going rate for tape transferring would be. But in either case, I would still bill your client accordingly.

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