I would advise extreme caution with rewinding EM tape - particularly with rewinders. As previously mentioned many formulations scratch easily and the EM coating is only a few microns thick. The PET although tensilized is still very thin and it does not take much to stretch it. Rewinders in general are not known for their delicacy.... and I am being kind.
In later years some of the vendors toughened up the coating by adding additional protection layers, I think that Sony called theirs "diamond coat" or something of that sort - but the issue is still there. Be very, very careful with the very thin and narrow tape and that applies to all formats. You usually do not get a second chance.
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On Dec 22, 2010, at 12:56 AM, Shai Drori wrote:
> A rewinder is essential for sure. I use that FF then rewinds. For some reason that resets that tape tension in the case and I get clean transfers. I use a Sony deck that is multisystem.
> On 12/22/2010 1:40 AM, Michael Biel wrote:
>> On 12/21/2010 4:16 PM, [log in to unmask] wrote:
>>> On the topic of Hi-8....
>>> I've been digitizing some of mine and some are just dreadful for building up gunk on the heads of the player. I find myself having to clean frequently.
>>> Do Hi-8 tapes develop SSS or something like? What is the solution?
>>> joe salerno
>> Brand of the guilty tapes, please? Years ago I got a rewinder with cleaning posts because the system was easily prone to dew problems. By the way, use of a rewinder is HIGHLY recommended because the tape is wound thru the tape path in camcorders. And I've retired my camcorders, and only use a Sony deck.
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