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RE: How many DV Tapes do you have?

Post by Raptor » Wed Jul 18, 2007 5:12 am

I probably have 200 - 300 total, about 40 -50 still unopened for future projects. 10 I do record over for 5 passes for news stories I shoot, but after 5 passes into the trash with them. I don't archive a lot of the news footage I shoot on tape. The stories I do keep generally go to DVD in AVI format. Stock footage I archive to DVD and keep the original tape, all one use tapes. the archived tapes are generally from commercial shoots, and the occasional wedding I have done as a favor ( I HATE shooting weddings!! ) Taking a quick look, I have about a dozen tapes from 30 second commercials, 10 from a half hour infomercial I produced for a local Chiroprator, and about 60 original tapes from The Underground TV series. The rest are primarily for stock use, or are shots that were licensed to The Weather Channel, CNN or other production/network types. Having the original tapes makes it a whole lot easier if one of these days I see some of this licensed material end up in a "production' that falls outside the original license agreement. The original tape would make it pretty easy in court to prove ownership, and collect the appropriate license fees.. :)
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Post by Ornsack » Wed Jul 18, 2007 2:53 pm

Raptor wrote:10 I do record over for 5 passes for news stories I shoot, but after 5 passes into the trash with them.
Give them to me!

A lot of my tapes are discarded ones I've 'aquired' through a friend who works at a certain local television network. Is 5 passes all a tape is capable of before they start to mess up?

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Post by Raptor » Wed Jul 18, 2007 5:55 pm

I won't say you can't get 10 or 20 passes out of a tape with no dropouts. I'm just not willing to trust them beyond about 5 LOL, I've had tapes that hit the trash after their third pass because of dropouts. It's just not worth losing a potentially saleable piece of video over a $5.00 tape. Now that being said, the overall life of one of my news tapes is a bit over 2 years. The average tape gets about 6 -10 stories per pass. ( avg 5-10 minutes per story )
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Post by TroubledCobraStudios » Wed Jul 18, 2007 10:01 pm

I guess I have about 25 or more tapes. I usually only use mine once then keep them in storage until I run out of money and have to record over them! I've only had one tape die on me so far, but that was because of many different factors.
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Post by Knightly » Thu Jul 19, 2007 9:30 pm

47 tapes hold my footage from my feature ... still editing :( about another 50 or so for various things. Generally, 2-3 tapes for a 10 minute short. I buy them in 8-packs of maxells from sam's club.
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Post by kene555 » Thu Jul 19, 2007 11:53 pm

For me, its waaay to expensive - $20 for 4, I think! Quite high for a filmmaker on a budget. As it is, I have used miniDV only since last November, and I have about 5 or 7...
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Post by Ornsack » Fri Jul 20, 2007 5:53 pm

kene555 wrote:For me, its waaay to expensive - $20 for 4, I think! Quite high for a filmmaker on a budget. As it is, I have used miniDV only since last November, and I have about 5 or 7...
In film stock terms, $5 an hour is fantastic

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Post by kene555 » Fri Jul 20, 2007 6:17 pm

In film stock terms, $5 an hour is fantastic
Yes...good thing I don't use film, then! Again, I am a filmmaker on a budget, not some director with a hundred grand to use on film.

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Post by Ornsack » Fri Jul 20, 2007 6:44 pm

I meant DV is $5 an hour by the price you stated. So I'd say it was perfect for a filmmaker on a budget!

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Post by SpyroClone » Fri Jul 20, 2007 7:01 pm

I have like 8 tapes, but I've noticed that when I've rerecorded stuff over a tape too many times that the quality of the tape starts to go down. Does anyone else have this problem?
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Post by kene555 » Fri Jul 20, 2007 7:10 pm

I meant DV is $5 an hour by the price you stated. So I'd say it was perfect for a filmmaker on a budget!

What I was trying to say is that this time last year I was filming with Hi8. So I could pay $3 for 2 hours of film, and now I have miniDV, and its $5 for one hour.

So before I was paying $1.50 for an hour of footage, and now I'm paying $5 for an hour.

It's comparable to having one type of tape that is $5 an hour, which is what you have grown up with, then you make a change and have to use tape that is about $17 per hour.

So I'm paying 3 and a third more than I was, and it's hard to get used to. I'm the guy that loves finding the bargain...and I'm just not finding it with this medium.

And you can make the argument that the quality is worth the higher expense (and it is), all I'm saying is that for me personally, it's hard to accept and appreciate the price change. For me personally, $5 for an hour is bad. But that's just me :wink:

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Post by Lawriejaffa » Fri Jul 20, 2007 7:11 pm

This has to be one of the most MIND NUMBING threads ever seen in a film forum!

How many DV tapes do you have - oooh oooh! let me run and check so i can reply!!!

Baaaah humbug!

Next we'll see a thread like - ooh what colour is your camera strap !

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Post by kene555 » Fri Jul 20, 2007 7:14 pm

Next we'll see a thread like - ooh what colour is your camera strap !
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Post by Ornsack » Fri Jul 20, 2007 7:16 pm

Lawriejaffa wrote:This has to be one of the most MIND NUMBING threads ever seen in a film forum!

How many DV tapes do you have - oooh oooh! let me run and check so i can reply!!!

Baaaah humbug!

Next we'll see a thread like - ooh what colour is your camera strap !
Yeah this thread started as a shitty show off thread ("Ooh look at me I have lots of tapes, that makes me a better film maker don't you know?") but the topic ended up being quite interesting!

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Post by Raptor » Sun Jul 22, 2007 7:40 am

Yeah it has, and there are some bargains to be found out there if you scour some of the surplus stores, we found the Maxell 8 paks for $10.40 ( USD ) in one store, I think I have two or three of those packs still unopened. Sony's, which are my preferrred tapes I have found the three packs for usually about 6 bucks in another surplus store, these probably came from WalMart and had some damage to the cardboard or bubble wrap on the packaging. Probably bought 8 or 10 of those 3 packs. i think there were two or maybe three tapes in there I just trashed straight away after removing the cello and found the case had been damaged, and didn't want to risk sending pieces of plastic thru the heads.... but if yuo look and shop around a bit, you can get some great prices on DV, down to the $1.50 to $2.00 an hour prices.
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Post by film fanatic » Sun Jul 22, 2007 10:21 am

I bought 10 unused (obviously) MiniDV tapes off eBay for £15 quid. They were £30 in the shops.

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Post by Zac » Sun Jul 22, 2007 10:42 am

you can get tapes here for about $4 each.
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Post by Gyro » Sun Jul 22, 2007 4:04 pm

... I get them for free through my work. The nice panasonic pro ones too, heh.
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Post by Kentertainment » Mon Jul 23, 2007 1:26 am

Currently I have 33. I used to be a re-user about 3 years ago before I realized it wasn't good for the tapes. Anywho, like Gyro I get free Panasonic AY-DVM63PQ MiniDV Tape Professional 63min tapes for free.

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Post by Ornsack » Mon Jul 23, 2007 10:40 am

I don't mind reusing, I just like keeping stuff for the memories. I have one hour of Chemical Ali outtakes (would you believe I shot the whole film on one tape?), 5 hours of Jesus 2 footage and 7 hours of Naughty Soldiers footage that's always good to sit through for a laugh

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Post by rhys » Mon Jul 23, 2007 11:51 am

Way to bring up dead threads! WHO CARES!
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Post by Ornsack » Mon Jul 23, 2007 1:22 pm

rhys wrote:Way to bring up dead threads! WHO CARES!
Erm, this thread has been active for two months...?

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Post by film fanatic » Mon Jul 23, 2007 1:45 pm

No, it's been active since January :D

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Post by kg9491 » Sat Jul 28, 2007 3:25 pm

i have exactly 25

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Post by MattexFilms » Sun Sep 02, 2007 8:26 am

6-10 I forget... They are an hour long each and I have filmed over all of them...
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