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Picture rolls on playback

When recording on my RCA 617 all seems to be working well, however, on play back the picture is not stable and it rolls constantly. Will cleaning the heads help this problem. I have tried different tapes and the rolling occurs on the camcorder and when played back on a tv. Thanks, On play back after recording the picture rolls. Will not hold steady. If a pre recorded tape is played the picture is fine. Help

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Hi,

I beg to differ that the head is dirty. This is based on your post "...pre recorded tape is played the picture is fine..."

I am more inclined to suspect:

  • servo calibration. This would be the capstan motor controller. The recording speed slightly differs with the playback speed. You could try manually adjusting the tracking control and see if it corrects the problem;
  • recording speed selection, LP, SP, EP/SLP. try recording at the lowest speed LP;
  • video source, possibly of a different color system, PAL, SECAM, NTSC.
Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back what is your video source, how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards. Thank you for using FixYa.

Posted on Sep 24, 2008

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    Louie Role Sep 24, 2008

    sorry that should be "...highest speed LP..."

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    Louie Role Sep 24, 2008

    Additionally, may I ask if problem exists whether you are recording on battery mode or with an external charger/adapter/power supply?

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Are you on NTSC or PAL when recording ?
and how bout the tv, NTSC / PAL capable ?

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Try cleaning the heads, but it seems like the heads may be faulty, you might need to replace the vcr, they don't cost much these days, the repair might cost more than a new vcr these days.

heres a cheap headcleaner, look for one at local shops, wallmart bestbuy and so on
http://www.pcconnection.com/IPA/Shop/Product/Detail.htm?sku=7632166&oext=1038A&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=7632166

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