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Cassette removal from dead Canon MV650 Camcorder

My Canon MV650i MiniDV camcorder died after 5 years of sparing use. The authorized Canon service center cannot get the spare part (DC-DC board).

But there is a priceless tape stuck in the machine! I have (carefully) partly disassembled the camcorder. Is there a way to manually eject the tape?

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    I just solved my own problem by disassembling the camcorder until I had access to the little motor which operates the eject mechanism. It sits on the corner of the mechanics subassembly, close to the cassette. By applying about 3.5 Volts DC from a regulated power supply to the two motor contacts, it started to operate (test which direction it needs to go by trying both polarities) and  lifted the cassette out of the play position and ejected it. Only since the tape was still wound around the drum, I had to use a thin tool to turn the cassette hub in order to tighten the tape a bit. Then the protective cover of the cassette closed and I could slide the cassette out of the slot by hand. Bingo!


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I just solved my own problem by disassembling the camcorder until I had access to the little motor which operates the eject mechanism. It sits on the corner of the mechanics subassembly, close to the cassette. By applying about 3.5 Volts DC from a regulated power supply to the two motor contacts, it started to operate (test which direction it needs to go by trying both polarities) and lifted the cassette out of the play position and ejected it. Only since the tape was still wound around the drum, I had to use a thin tool to turn the cassette hub in order to tighten the tape a bit. Then the protective cover of the cassette closed and I could slide the cassette out of the slot by hand. Bingo!

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I have a JVCGR-D340EK camcorder. I bought a Dazzle to transfer my recordings onto a dvd but cannot understand the instructions. Do you have any idea how to do this (in layman's terms) please?

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SOURCE: Camcorder is dead, need to get the tape out!

Problem : I cannot eject the tape from my digital video (DV) camcorder.

Cause :
No power source or depleted battery pack

Solutions

  • The most frequent cause of this type situation is not having a power source attached, or a depleted battery pack.
  • Once the power source is available, some models require manually unlatching and opening a cover.
  • When the cover is fully open, the cassette will eject automatically after a few seconds.
  • If the tape still will not eject, seek assistance from a Canon Service Facility.

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SOURCE: Canon MVX200i Mini DV Digital Camcorder: Remove the cassette

I got the same problem, does nobody has a solution. Please help!!

Eduard Mendlik

Posted on Oct 27, 2010

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SOURCE: eject mechanism not functioning

I too have same problem. The service people say that the whole deck has to be replaced which I do not believe. I think the pinch rollers have to be leaned and brake system to be adjusted/calibrated. The local mechanic would do that.

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I do not recommend any type of manual cleaning of the heads. They are very delicate and can get damaged very easily. If you are looking for a head cleaning tape try these links:

For an 8mm camcorder: http://www.amazon.com/Sony-V825CLD-Camcorder-Cleaning-Cassette/dp/B00005TQKQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=gateway&ie=UTF8&qid=1285056413&sr=8-1

For a miniDV camcorder: http://www.amazon.com/Sony-DVM12CLD-MiniDV-Cleaning-Cassette/dp/B0000632H7/ref=dp_cp_ob_gw_title_1

Not sure what format your camcorder is, but these are the tapes that we use in our repair shop. Sony is the absolute BEST....they last for years!

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http://www.amazon.com/Sony-DVM12CLD-MiniDV-Cleaning-Cassette/dp/B0000632H7

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Although this may sound illogical, MiniDV camcorder heads do actually use a type of lubrication cassette system and there are 2 types:

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Now, if you haven't noticed already from the above 2 types, you are in fact using the WRONG type of cassette on your camcorder.

Although Sony cassettes are often readily available (and often perceived to be the best quality), by using Sony cassettes on a Canon camcorder (or Pana, JVC for that matter), you are in fact causing premature wear on the heads. So, the condition you are describing as 'dirty' heads, is in fact caused by the use of the wrong (wet type) cassettes on your DRY type camcorder.

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For your Canon camcorder, use only DRY MiniDV cassettes (Pana offer cassettes from Studio, Professional to Master Quality), including DRY Head Cleaner cassette. This should improve the playback quality from your camcorder.

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I know this camera well !

This is likely to be your heads, but you need to be made aware of the following:

1) MiniDV cassette

The quality of your cassettes should first be considered:

Panasonic, Canon and several other brands use what is called "Dry Lubricant" cassettes. For this reason, you should AVOID at all costs, any cassette made from a manufacturer whose cameras use Wet Lubricant type cassettes. Unfortunately, this means you should AVOID SONY cassettes (as Sony cameras use the WET lubricant system).

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If this head cleaning process does not resolve your problem, then you will require professional assessment.


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