Digital Tape Dropouts

    Digital Video Tape formats can be used in several places in the DVD production process, from the creation of the original master to the delivery of the final tape to the pressing plant. These tapes all have quite robust error correction schemes to ensure that what goes on to the tape is what comes off the tape, however, when these fail, the resultant artefacts in the video stream are very ugly indeed. Unlike analogue tape dropouts, which are generally tolerable, digital video tape dropouts are extremely noticeable, with large blocks scattered through the image, frequently with colours that bear little relation to the surrounding image.

The Shootist 9:08

Close up of the above image. Note the clearly evident artefacts and their blocky, digital nature.