Do your MiniDV Tapes suffer from Digital Pixelation – Dropout?
Have you played your MiniDV camcorder tapes lately and noticed large rectangular pixels onscreen?
Clean your Heads
These rectangular pixels on your Mini DV can result from a couple of things. Videotape camcorders and cameras utilize a tape transport system with a video drum and video heads. If the video head in your camcorder has a tiny particle of dust or dirt, this debris will prevent the camera from recording a clean video signal on tape. As a result, when you playback your Mini DV tape, you will notice digital pixelation.
These pixels can be avoided beforehand by cleaning the head of the camera with tape cleaner or a piece of clean white paper dipped in Isopropyl Alcohol. This should be done approx every 10-15 tapes as well as every few months. This will prevent digital pixelation from being recorded on your Mini DV tape or other type of videotape. While this will prevent digital pixelation from being recorded it will not remove existing digital pixelation which is recorded on tape.
Another likely culprit is a dirty playback head which (fortunately) can be cleaned; thus, removing digital pixelation and allowing a clean playback and video tape transfer.
At AV Workshop in the San Francisco Bay Area we use professional video tape decks which our technicians maintain to the highest standards. Our technicians thoroughly clean the drums and heads of the tape decks to assure proper playback and digitizing of your video tapes.
Maximize your Bitrate
Furthermore, AV Workshop customizes each video transfer by using custom bitrates to allow maximum resolution, minimizing digital pixelation. Digital pixelation can occur when less than ideal bitrates are selected. For example, 8.0 or 9.0 mbps is the maximum bitrate allowed on a DVD. While this is the maximum bitrate allowed on a DVD for an mpeg-2 video under 1 hour, many other companies (mainly camera stores and big box stores) use 2 hour default settings which compresses the video quality by encoding the video at 4.0 mbps. As a result, video to DVD transfers done at big box stores like Costco, etc… end up looking highly compressed and pixelated.
Here at AV Workshop in Redwood City of the San Francisco Bay Area, we manually digitize and enhance your home movies customizing every Video to DVD Transfer by using custom bitrates to allow maximum quality with no digital pixelation. For more info and pricing on Local Video to DVD Transfers within the San Jose / San Francisco Bay Area, please check out our website below or Click Here
Audio Video Workshop is located in Redwood City of the San Francisco Bay Area