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Kevin Monahan
OT: Used D5 Tapes
on Jan 21, 2010 at 2:13:56 am

My buddy has a mountain of one pass D5 tapes. Is there a market for these or should he send these to the recycler?

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Mark Raudonis
Re: OT: Used D5 Tapes
on Jan 21, 2010 at 2:43:16 am

Not much of a market.

I've got a mountain (10K) of used IMX tapes. I'm headed for the recyler too! (Unless someone here wants them)


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walter biscardi
Re: OT: Used D5 Tapes
on Jan 21, 2010 at 2:58:52 am

The lead engineer for one of the top post facilities here in town told me once that digital tapes are good for up to 100 passes. There was no reason to use them just once.

I had 6 episodes of Good Eats that needed a change after we finished the masters and I was going to lay them off onto new tape stock. he told me that was a waste of money and I could safely use the tapes (DVCPro HD) for at least 100 passes with a clean VTR. Needless to say we simply mastered over the original cuts, sent them off and as I have not heard anything about those episodes in 4 years I guess QC had no issues with them.

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Scott Thomas
Re: OT: Used D5 Tapes
on Jan 21, 2010 at 10:06:52 am

A long, long time ago I bought some used DigiBeta stock from these guys:

They do tape recycling. Not sure what tapes are worth these days, but some extra cash might be nice.

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