I have a JVC GR-AX640U and is eating tapes in play and record modes.
I just bought camcorder off of e-bay. Camera works fine except for eatint tapes. I will try a cleaning, but if someone has the sam camea and problem
please let me know and how you fixed problem. One mor thing, when i first
put tape in and started to record it worked for 30 seconds at least. When
it stopped and i went to eject the tape was rapped around video head which
leads me to believe that it justs needs a cleaning. Anyway i will post if
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Win 7 with it´s automatic driver download from internet, corel studio 12 wen it starts shows transfer mini dv to dvd, and a normal firewire connection (from the right side of the lens -hidden under rubber cover-) that allows corel to use the camera automatically when the camera is on play mode.
JVC camcorders are known for having safeguard problems. mine was locked into safeguard the second time i tried to use it at 1 month old. i had it repaired and it came back eating the tapes. eating the tapes was blamed on old, or improper tapes. they were all brand new never used JVC tapes. it came back from service locked in safeguard mode. i got it back the fourth time and it worked for a few days, then went back into safeguard mode. the shop had it more than i did during the first year. when it locked the next time after the warranty was out, i was told the estimate for repairs was $300.00. unless you want to try to risk taking it apart, the only 2 options you have is to send it in for repairs which is not cheap, or throw it away and never buy anything from JVC again. i chose option 2.
If you are referring to the JVC GR-DVL520, yes it does play Mini DV tapes, as well as records to them. It will not play Mini DV tapes that were recorded on an HDV camera. HDV is used by any Mini DV camera that records HD video.
not available - the tapes are different widths for a start, and the two formats use different compression techniques. Adapters are available for VHS-C to VHS because the tape width and the recording format are the same.
unit need to be cleaned or have parts replaced if they got bad enough. only, only, only use the more expensive JVC tapes. They keep their tension far better than cheaper brands. Also, they won't rub off their oxide coatings on the heads as easily, avoiding the 'clogging' of the heads (which thereby requires constant cleaning-further damaging the heads).
* Do not record program in DVHS mode on an S-VHS cassette. Use of S-VHS cassettes will not allow for maximum performance and may result in head clogging. Use only D-VHS cassettes as recommended in the instruction manual on page 27.
* Make sure that the DIGITAL 3-DNR lamp is ON when playing back a cassette recorded in D-VHS mode. If not press DIGITAL 3-DNR so that the DIGITAL 3-DNR indicator illuminates.
* When block noise appears on the TV screen, clean the video heads with the DFC-2 D-VHS Head Cleaning Cassette (continue up to 3 minutes total). Please refrain from using any other head cleaning cassettes as drum damage may result.