Question about Sony DCR-VX2000 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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Play back mode horizontal grey bars evenly spaced 1/2 of picture

Thanks in advance for help.  My vx 2000 works well except recently on playback of existing tapes one half of the view consists of horizontal grey bars evenly spaced (about 4). The  other half is the picture.  ( Solid grey bars alternate with equal size bars of video) This condition does not exist when playing back snapshots from memory stick. 
First there was a pixilated picture like a bad rental dvd and then the bars. Tried different tapes from different years with identical results. When I turn on camera in record mode the view is perfect. Seems to be a playback problem only.  No sign of dirty heads. No other degradation of image. This morning I tried again.  The bars appeared again and then disappeared after a few seconds and playback was normal.
Love my camera but will buy a lighter "HD" tapeless camera for future use.  Still I will need this one to stream the tape onto my apple  computer for editing and to " pass through" older analog tapes for conversion. Therefore if the fix is costly I might still go for it if there is a really good repair place that can be trusted.
Thanks for any advice,  Bill Bartel from New Jersey  Bartelsail@aol.com

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  • bartelsail Nov 22, 2008

    Cleaning the heads is, of course, great advice but normally dirty heads cause degradation of the image. This looks like it might be a ccd going bad or some kind of interlacing not working. I would like to know more about the problem and I would like to know how I can safely clean the heads. Thanks

  • bartelsail Nov 22, 2008

    Note to Coolguy 008 Sony wants$565 as a flat rate repair. I am wondering if I can bring it to a local shop for a good cleaning and examination. (Tune up?) My zip is 07446. I live in Northern New Jersey near route 17 (Ramsey) Thanks Bill Bartel Bartelsail@aol.com

  • bartelsail Nov 22, 2008

    I am very appreciative of all of the responses and I am impressed with this website.  Thanks to all of you and I hope you are making some money in the process. I will try to purchase a cleaning tape or get an expert to clean the camera.  There might have been a bit of condensation in the camera based on the fact that it was taken out of a fairly cool room into a warmer room.


     I am afraid I am wearing out my welcome so I will stop posting comments.   Nevertheless,  if someone would like to suggest what kind of cleaning tape I should buy and/or where there is a local shop that can be trusted in my area I would be grateful. 


     One more question.  Am I permitted to ask a question about my purchase of a newer camera when the time comes?  I would like to gather my thoughts, narrow down the choice and then post a question in hopes of getting some recommendations.  I would of course pay the normal fee but maybe there is some prohibition for you folks with respect to making purchase recommendations.  Pleaase advise if you are able to recommend a product. Thanks again and Happy Turkey Day to all.


    Bill Bartel  (Bartelsail@aol.com)

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If the problem shows on playback of known good tapes it is not the CCD as you have guessed. Dirty heads CAN cuase a bar problem if one of the heads is clogged and the other is OK. I would suspect a drum issue of the problem is visible on playback of tapes that you know were fine before. Definietly try a cleaning tape as i may rtesolve your issue. I am going to check and see if there are any bulletins for your model on this problem.

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First try to clean the head tape. this probably dirty or some moisture on it.

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HI,

Please letm e know the zipcode and i'll let you know if there is any local repair person.Also if this is under warranty you can get it repaired from Sony.

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