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    Smile Wear on recording heads

    Haven't posted for ages My loss! Good to see the forum is still going strong and there has been an increase in members.

    I posted about 15 months ago about wear on recording heads ie. First striping the tape - record one hours film - one hour download to PC = 3 hours wear to heads'and ending up with 10/15 mins useable film. -- How much film will I amass before I have to renew the heads ???
    Canon UK couldnt give me an answer so I attended my psychiatrist and he's talked me over my phobia !!!

    Anyhow i was messing around over the xmas hols. with my Canon XM2 and I actually shot a short piece of film with my camera without using the Mini DV tape - I recorded straight to a DVd disc without pressing the record buttonon my camera! - I used the set up shown in my sketch and I could see on my t/v screen what was being recorded to dvd disc which was exactly as seen on the Canon LCD sreen --- Dont ask me to explain the how it works -- Im a retired Blacksmith and Im used to working with heavy hammers (not tech. literate)

    This is an example using the above method OK its C**p but i was practicing to see if I could Zoom - Pan - change settings etc .. Just hope it hasn't damaed the Cam..

    http://www.videoforums.co.uk/attachm...1&d=1168560020


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    There's a general theory that heads should be replaced or refurbished after a thousand hours' recording. Although that doesn't take into account the time spent in "rec-pause" mode, it still means that you need to start worrying after you've put a thousand tapes through your camcorder!

    In fact a lot of broadcasters sell their camcorders when the hours approach the magical millenium and they still go on to lead productive lives for years and years and years.

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    Welcome back. I 'recognised' you by that cool avatar, well I think it's cool.

    Strikes me you are going have to carry a lot of gear with this method of filming.

    If you have 3500 quid spare and dont mind 10 minute recording times here is another soloution to your phobia.

    http://catalog2.panasonic.com/webapp...odel=AG-HVX200

    I am sure this is the future of camcorders in a few years.

    A final piece of calming info - I have had my oldest camera for 4 years nearly - a first gen sony vx9000e, it was very second hand from a guy who made commercial vids. For the first 18 months I had it I had time on my hands recovering from being mega poorly and part of my recovery involved exercise so I went out nearly every day and filmed and filmed and filmed and captured and rewound anf captured.... you get the picture....

    Anyway the camera still works fine - except for the fire wire post but I broke that tripping over the wire when the camera was plugged in !

    Only problem I have had with that camera is a few tape jams / non eject situations and that turned out to be a faulty tape mechanism cos I only had 3 tapes and generally used a 90 minute tape over and over again.

    One dropout per hour is considored normal for dv, more and it may be time for a clean / service.

    Check this for a gadzillion cool facts about video recording - http://www.adamwilt.com/DV-FAQ-tech.html

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    Thanks Mark good to be back. Checked out the web address you suggested re. facts on video recording, plenty to read there. - I was only experimenting with the method of recording without using the rec/heads and thought I would post it as it may have been of interest to anyone on the forum?? - I have now taken it a bit further and recorded through my Toshiba laptop straight to an external 250GB hard drive,were I downloaded it to Nero Vis. Express and edited it no problem ! - (250 Gb is a lot of recording time ) on my PC

    Thanks also to The Guru for info on estimated life of rec/heads - Cheers all Alex C

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark W View Post
    If you have 3500 quid spare and dont mind 10 minute recording times here is another soloution to your phobia.

    http://catalog2.panasonic.com/webapp...odel=AG-HVX200

    I am sure this is the future of camcorders in a few years.
    Or perhaps a Firestore?

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    Oh yes - one of those panas with that firestore would make me quite happy....

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