Video camcorders nowadays use the mini DV tape instead of the large tape that was used before. This is more convenient for the user, as bringing extra tape with you will not be bulky. It is really easy to change the mini DV tape on your camcorder. This may be a bit confusing at first but if you always do it, you will get used to it and it will be easier for you to do.
Here are the simple steps on how you can change a mini DV tape of your camcorder:
Purchase DV tapes. Purchase DV tapes for your camcorder. There are a lot of different brands that you can choose from. You will be able to save a bit of money if you buy the DV tapes in bulk rather than buying them one by one when you need them. One website that you can go to in order to purchase mini DV tapes for cheaper prices is edgewise-media.com. On this website, you can choose from DV tapes from Panasonic, Sony, Fuji, Maxell, JVC and TDK.
Remove old mini DV tape from camcorder. Locate the eject button on your video camcorder and press it. The place for the tape will then open. Remove the old tape from the camcorder. Place it inside its case. Do not forget to label the DV tape that you just removed so that you will know what its contents are. To make sure that the mini DV tape that you just removed will not be recorded over, find the lock on the side of the mini DV tape and lock it.
Insert the new mini DV tape. When you have removed the old mini DV tape from the slot, you can insert the new mini DV tape. Remove the plastic covering of the new mini DV tape and take it out of the crystal case. Insert the new mini DV tape into the slot. Try to close the cover. If it does not close, it means that you have inserted the mini DV tape incorrectly. Just remove the mini DV tape, flip it over and insert again.
This is how easy you can replace the tape in your mini DV camcorder. Every video camcorder is different so it is best if you read the manual first before you replace the mini DV tape in your camcorder. It is also advisable that you browse through the manual and see the different buttons and functions of your video camcorder so that you know how to go about using it.
After using your video camcorder and getting some footage in your mini DV tape, you can transfer all the contents of the tape to your computer and edit the video as you wish. You can do this by connecting the cable of the video camcorder to your computer and transferring the video. Just be sure to read the manual first before you do this so that you will be sure of what you are doing.