There is great information here about maintenance and cleaning:
But a few questions remain.
1) Are there any signs or symptoms besides the "snow" mentioned above that a playback device needs cleaning before using it for capture or transfer? Anything specific to other formats like Hi8 or they are all the same? Dirty equipment shouldn't cause any kind of color shifting or aberration, right?
2) I think
DV camcorders like MiniDV make digital files, but store them on analog tapes (did I get that right?
). Would the camcorder have to be cleaned before filming
or before transferring
to PC? or both?
3) Anything in particular I should look out for when cleaning a camcorder as opposed to a VCR? Cleaning the VCR was easy. This tiny Handycam, not so much.
My apologies if this is the wrong section, the videography section seems more suited to viewing content than playing it back for capture, so it was a tossup between here and the project planning section. And I may need some coffee.