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Tape erasure

by fduprat / June 4, 2006 4:17 PM PDT

My mini-DV camcorder (Canon ZR100) has a wonderful "end search" feature, which automatically finds the end of the last recording, i.e. the starting point for the next shot. However, this feature can obviously only work with "virgin" tapes, not previously recorded tapes.

Does anybody know how to erase used tapes to "virgin" state? Can magnetic tape erasers be used?

John O.

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Mini DV tapes are formated,,
by jcrobso / June 9, 2006 1:31 AM PDT
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If you bulk erase the tape you will erase the formatting. John

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Tape erasure
by fduprat / June 9, 2006 7:50 AM PDT

Thanks for that info, I did not know that. I guess the ''end search'' feature is limited to virgin tapes, or could I bulk erase and then reformat by running the tape through the camcorder with the lenscap on?

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DV Tapes are NOT formatted
by rcrowley / August 17, 2006 10:20 AM PDT

NO, it is not true that DV (or mini-DV, or DVCAM or DVCpro) tapes are ''formatted'' in any way. Camcorders and/or VCRs record everything necessary for playback without reference to any previous information.

Many people are seeking a reliable and affordable method of bulk-erasing these tapes.

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