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Banding on used tapes

I've got a Canon XM1 and recently it's started banding on used tapes. I read that it might be due to having used Sony tapes on non Sony product so I've cleaned my heads to remove the Sony lubricant and got new non Sony tapes. Unfortunately this didn't solve the problem in my case as it happens on non Sony tapes too. I haven't yet tried using striped used tapes. Do I need the have the heads serviced?

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  • scorpigirl Apr 15, 2009

    Sorry but I've been using TDK for ages, same problem and I've cleaned the heads 3 times. Also the problem is obvious in on camera replay BEFORE I transfer it to PC. This problem has only started in the past few months and I've never had any problem with transfer to PC of good footage. I'll try the camera out on a pre striped used tape sometime this week and post the outcome.



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Hi ,

Have you tried TDK tapes as they work perfectly fine and have received good feedback.

There are only a few companies that make MiniDV tape (other just relabel it),
all brand-name tape is good,
but some batches of tape are better than others,
a camcorder may show a slight preference for certain brands (mainly due to specifics of the record current setup, but this is not an assured thing from one camcorder to the next),
the tape lubricant incompatibility issue between Sony and Panasonic was resolved in the 1990s,
however cleaning heads when changing brands is still a good idea for other reasons (involving mechanical properties of the tape) ,
higher price tape usually is subject to better quality control so it should have fewer drip-outs but that is not always assured,
drop outs tend to be higher in the first and last minute or so of a tape,
avoid using LP speed if you can,
some capture problems will rest with the PC, not the camcorder,
it is tape, a physical product subject to manufacturing variations and tollerances, so you will eventually encounter a tape with some defects, and
if YOU find a brand/model of tape YOU like, feel free to stick with it, but do not expect others to like it as much as you do.

Lastly A good cleaning might help.


Posted on Apr 15, 2009

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    e-Guru Apr 15, 2009

    No Problem.

    Thanks for your time and patience.



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