Tools that have come in handy.

Tape case deterioration is a problem with this project. The tape itself seems fine, it is the plastic housing and mechanical, or moving parts that are starting to stop working. The tape will load into the deck, but the door won’t open. When this happens I take a sharp pencil and scrape a little graphite into the “v” where the door slides along the track on the tape housing. This seems to do the trick, not a lot, just enough to make a mark

inside of a tapecase.
the culprit: Sony DVCAM 64.