Chapter 13. Writing to Tape

Back in the days of analog video, the only way to show your production was to write it to tape. Though I’m guessing the numbers are dwindling, some readers may still need to produce VHS tapes, perhaps for public schools with VCRs, or Aunt Edna in Edina who never bought a DVD player. This chapter shows you how.

Even if you’re happily producing DVDs or other digital video files, writing to tape also serves a valuable archival function. Hard disk space is always a concern, and after spending 20 hours editing a production, to the last thing you want to do is blow it away with a few clicks of the mouse. For this reason, I typically also write my edited video back to tape in the original format that I shot in: DV to DV, HDV ...

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