Question about Sony Handycam DCR-TRV520 Digital Camcorder
I recently acquired a used Sony DCR-TRV520 (NTSC), and upon putting in a Hi8 metal tape, the message "Tape Cleaning" with a flashing "X" appeared when recording. I secured the operating manual on-line, and read that the heads needed cleaning. I purchased a wet cleaning setup, 2 dry cleaning cassettes, and a can of moisture-free canned air. After cleaning with the dry setup, a new tape recorded without error for a few seconds before the tape cleaning message reappeared. This has happened consistently after each attempt to clean the heads, and the playback video is pixalated; less than the first few attempts, but still noticable. Also the audio is very spotty (frequent and intermittant drop-outs) upon playback. Is there something I'm doing wrong? Thanks for your time.
Depending on the age of the camera/cassette, it may be that the heads are not just dirty, but are actually worn down. The gray bars are the DV equivalent of snow - data has been lost or at least cannot be displayed. If cleaning doesn't solve the problem, the heads probably need replacing. Depending on the age of the camera, it may be more cost effective to upgrade to a new camera.
Posted on Jan 09, 2009
Have you tried using a different tape? Try using a sony tape if you've been trying with another brand. Sometimes they work only with their own, and it can just kick in. Could also have something to do with the battery. Try replacing. Do not let your Li-Ion batteries run all the way down before charging and do not charge them fully and let them sit idle. both of these things kill these types of batteries. Hope it helps
Posted on Apr 02, 2006
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