I noticed some glitching on my tapes last week and ignored it because it was an old tape. Today I captured a new tape which was used on the weekend and just as normal so I decided to capture some tapes which needed recapturing and are about 3 months old and all 3 tapes had glitches ( the normal right hand side glitch) so I checked my new tape again and it seems fine, so sony head cleaner was used ( used it twice for 30 seconds because I was taught to run it longer when the head cleaner hasnt been used for a while) Ok so I tried again and still nothing so I recorded 15seconds on one of the old tapes and everything seems fine, then I tried a tape which was captured 4 weeks ago and that also has glitches.
It seems to be that old tapes (3 months - 2 weeks)even though they have only been used once seem to glitch and if I record on them now it seems to fine aswel and the new tape Im using now is also fine with recording and capturing. It cant be the computer because I could see the glitching through edit search. Plus I only use sony premium tapes on my cam nothing else.
Yes my footage was similar but less, only glitches on the right hand side.
What I shall do and should of done ages ago is use another camera for primary capturing because I just checked my old NTSC vx and even though it has the famous lines across I could see improvement. So what ill do is find another cam and I shall get back too you and the forum.
Thanks and have you skatesabotage`s glitch effect? Pretty unique and awsome. Link -
Some friends of mine work in the industry and they said sometimes theyve forgot about the head cleaner tape inside and played it too long and nothing happened but what I would not do is use the head cleaner every month just when glitchy.
Nothing about lubricating but tapes do have some lubrication on them, so for example what happened to me is that I used that tape from 3 months ago and it must of had lubrication dirt on it so when I put in the next tape it transferred onto the other creating glitches and so on.
Thank you again
I recently digitised some old 1995 footage from a video 8 tape, this tape was definitely on it's last legs and was shedding bits of gunk causing a dirty head, I ran a head cleaner for ten seconds as recommended and managed to get a good copy, it was touch and go for a while, especially as my Digital 8 camcorder has seen better days
Had a bit of a scare with my VX1000 yesterday it started behaving very erratically when I gave it an airing yesterday. Since I hadn't used it for quite a while, it started to do very peculiar things. It kept beeping. The tape kept threading and unthreading around the heads and the CP light on the carrying handle kept flashing on and off!
So after a lot of panicking and fiddling about. It appears that although it will record OK. It's lost its direct playback facility. The only way I can view my videos is by Firewire on iMovie, or Adobe Premiere.
Still, I suppose i'm lucky really. It is over 10 years old. And has had a lot of use, with weddings etc. I was (am still) looking forward to using it whilst out and about capturing wildlife.
VX1000 Michael - over 10 years old? I should think so, all VX2000s are over 11 years old now, and yours was introduced in 1995.
Time you went 16:9 young man.
Yep! It was a while ago. I remember I just had to get rid of the Video-8 junk I was using at the time.
Good Lord! I wasn't even 60yo when I bought it!. I note that it does have a 16:9 setting. And as I said, it does playback via Firewire.I guess we will just have to grow old disgracefully together.