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Optura Pi is eating tapes

At 45 minutes into a recording, the camcorder ate the tape. The unit was running on AC power, the tape was new. Placing another new tape into the camera results in an eject tape message and the tape leader is eaten by the camera. The camera likewise ate a new cleaning cassette (dry type)

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Re: Optura Pi is eating tapes

Hi from what i understand by "eat" is that the coil is popped out what it means is that the coil leader is misplaced and letting it to run free out of place this can be fixed by you if you will find what had gone wrong in that path (broken pin, cog etc...) and glue it back or fix the missing element in place good luck

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from here thats all i can say i did not see the camera
and heaven if i want to its impossible
hope that will help

regards Alan.

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