: 30 Seconds - Tone & Bars
Published : 18th November 2003
We’ve always run Tone & Bars for thirty seconds at the head of each tape, I think it’s pretty universal. Is this still necessary?
Today’s digital equipment is far less likely to drift and I’m not at all sure that a full thirty seconds is required even if some adjustment is needed.
Is this just a holdover from film, running a bit of stock to guard against damage to the negative at the head/tail of the roll? Could there be a similar problem, with more drop-out potential with video tape? Is the thirty second rule a ghost from the days when we were constantly setting up our tape decks?
I’m now running thirty seconds on my first tape of a job and then ten seconds on each additional tape. Am I getting some “free” stock, or am I entering dangerous waters?
Best regards to all,
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