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    Hello everyone!
    I've shot a wedding with a Panasonic NV-MD10000 on Fuji Tapes(bought a bunch at the beginning of the season) and my mistake was that I shot on previously used tapes. And now, on the whole wedding, are serious video and audio dropouts every other frame or so.(see picture below)

    My question is:
    Can I salvage (some of) the tapes? If so, how should I proceed?

    I cannot upload a picture myself, but here's the closest thing it looks like:

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    Last edited by Neur0n; 11-06-2007 at 07:45 PM.

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    The simple answer is no, you can't bring back what is not there. You can "Hand" fix each frame in a program like Photoshop but ut will take a lot of time and work. Seeing how cheap DV tapes are I never reuse them, its just not worth it as you now know. best of luck
    Wil

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    TGV Edius 6, TGV ProCoder 3, DVD Lab Pro. 2

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    NeurOn, don't take this personally, but I can't figure out why people insist on reusing Mini DV tapes, was money a problem here? You are not the first and won't be the last person who comes on the forum and is looking for a miracle to salvage their footage. And when it comes to important events such as a wedding, that can never be repeated again, you cannot compromise on quality. Where you hired to shoot the video for the couple or were you a guest at the ceremony and just happened to have a camcorder with you? My advice to anyone who has been hired to shoot a wedding video whether for free or at cost, use BRAND NEW TAPES... and beg, borrow or steal a tripod, an external mic and extra lighting if needed. Also get some practice in using this equipment before the big day.

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    Nikosony, no offense taken. But the thing was that I was in a shortage of cassettes, and money. This shall be a harsh lesson for me to learn, and now I can't do anything about it.

    Oh well...

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    You tape wasters - dont forget bathtub failure curves.

    For mission critical stuff I advise a new tape, used once, then erased.

    Personally I use my tapes over and over and rarely have trouble, but i do always recordings are working on the day.

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    Mark W, Bathtub failure curves... I would really like to know what they are?

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