- Do AIT drives require cleaning like other tape mechanisms?
- How often should I clean my DLT tape drives?
- Can I use a Digital Betacam cleaning tape in an analouge (Betacam SP/Betacam) deck?
Under extreme environmental or high duty-cycle conditions a cleaning cycle is needed using a special AIT cleaning tape.
Use the cleaning light as a guide. Since it's impossible to predict your individual environment or drive the light is a good indicator.
Sony strongly recommends not using the Digital Beta head cleaner in the standard Beta deck. The particle size of the DigiBeta is about half that of the Analogue Beta. As a safety precaution, most Beta decks won't accept a DigiBeta tape. For this reason Sony makes different head cleaners for each format.