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Asmund Voll Tesdal
Re: DVCam, striping tape?
on Sep 2, 2010 at 11:37:18 pm

[Walter Soyka] "I agree, especially with digital formats like DV and HDV, which record a data stream to tape. They don't have "proper" separate timecode tracks."

True, but they do have seperate sectors in the data stream for video, audio, tc and control. These can be independently overwritten, so the same principles apply when it comes to "crash", assemble and insert edits. (And by the way, dvcpro actually have seperate control- and cue-audio tracks.)

Anyway, back on topic; I guess I don't need to repeat that one shouldn't stripe entire tapes before shooting, but I thought one thing sort of drowned a bit in the discussion: What we all want is nice, unbroken timecode, and my best tip to achieve that is to leave the cam running for a few secs extra so you always have something to pick up the tc on in case you need to rewind or eject the tape for some reason. And when you're done with a tape, add a few more seconds, so the nle gets some postroll.

I know, it's basic stuff, but (hopefully) well worth repeating.


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