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Head cleaning My camcorder keeps telling me I need to clean the head. I have used two different brands of head cleaners but each time the camcorder goes into safe mode and I can not complete the cleaning process. What am I doing wrong?

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As per our live chat - once the heads have been cleaned twice consecutively they are almost certain to be damaged and need service or replacement. The manual in english is here: http://books.jvcservice.com/booklist.asp?Model=gr-d250 Page 44 is very clear on this issue Hope you get a solution from it :)

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Playback flickering


Hi there,

The most common cause of this is dust, debris or contamination on the heads.

Firstly, it's extremely important that you use only DRY LUBRICANT type DV tapes on the Canon branded camcorders.

Different manufacturers design their heads to be used with either Dry or Wet (coating lubricant type) tapes - NEVER BOTH. Canon is DRY type.

Consumers are led to believe that they should be using well known branded DV tapes, such as Sony. This is fine, if your camcorder is a Sony. However, you should NEVER use Sony tapes in your Canon - Sony tapes are of the WET type.

So, the question is, "Are you currently using Dry or Wet type tapes, or a mixture of both?" If you have used either a WET tape, or a mixture of both in your Canon, then this may have contaminated your heads.

If this is so, then don't panic - simply run a special Head Cleaning cassette (for Dry tapes) in your Canon for no more than 5 secs. Note: your heads are very delicate, so only run the cleaning tapes for a few secs at a time.

Also, try to avoid recording over the cassette too many times, as the quality will sometimes degrade each time.

An example of the Dry tapes are the Panasonic ones (Myself and other Pro Videographers often use Panasonic Prof, Studio or Master Quality tapes, as these are some of the better quality Dry tapes on the market).

As your XL2 is a Pro Camcorder, I recommend you stick with Studio quality (or higher) cassettes.

See this link for Dry DV tapes: http://cgi.ebay.com/Panasonic-mini-DV-digital-video-cassette-AY-DVM63SQ-5pk-/170645949017?pt=US_Camcorder_Tapes_Discs&hash=item27bb4a8a59

or

http://cgi.ebay.com/5-Panasonic-Master-HDV-HD-video-tape-HC9-Mini-DV-/220519311691?pt=US_Camcorder_Tapes_Discs&hash=item3357f9a94b


See this link for Head Cleaner cassette: http://cgi.ebay.com/MiniDV-mini-DV-Panasonic-Head-Cleaner-Cleaning-Tape-/220683036059?pt=US_Camcorder_Tapes_Discs&hash=item3361bbe59b


If the problem still exists after head cleaning, then suspect either a faulty cassette (most likely) or damaged heads requiring service.

Let me know how you get on...


Scott



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Jul 09, 2011 | Canon XL2 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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I'm getting lines and mosaics on the video tape output of my Sony DCR-HC40, and a message on the viewing screen to use a head cleaning cassette. After a minute or so the lines go away and the video is...


NEVER try and manually clean your heads in your camcorder. The drum assy and heads are much more fragile and easily damaged than that of a VCR. NEVER spray any type of liquid/chemicals in or on your camcorder. A Sony miniDV head cleaning cassette is what you need. There are other brands out there, but Sony is hands-down the best. When using a head cleaner, play it for only 5 to 10 seconds at a time and then try your tape again. If it has improved, but still has problems then play the head cleaner for another 5 to 10 seconds. Hope this has helped. www.austintelstarservices.com

Sep 01, 2010 | Sony Handycam DCR-HC40 Mini DV Digital...

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I have an error saying C:31:20 and beeping when i go to record or playback. the place where the cassette goes will not pop up either!


Your camera is telling you it needs heads cleaning, just pop into a good camera shop and get a Camera head cleaner tape.
Run it for about 40 sec now and again to keep it in good shape.
David

Jun 22, 2010 | Sony Handycam CCD-TRV308 Camcorder

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My heads on the xm1 seem to be dirty, ive used a sony cleaning tape, it only makes a difference for an hr or two taping, any sugestions


Hi there,

Firstly, I must explain how the MiniDV system works:

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

- DRY lubrication (Canon, Panasonic, JVC etc)
- WET lubrication (Sony)

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.

Using "WET" type cassettes on a DRY system camcorder, can often leave residue on your heads, or worse....cause wear. The same principle applies to Sony camcorders - use only Sony 'WET' type cassettes, not Dry cassettes.

This also applies when using HEAD CLEANER cassettes - as indicated, you have used a Sony Head Cleaner cassette (this is a WET type cassette), when in fact, you should be using a DRY HEAD CLEANER cassette (Pana, Canon etc).

CAUTION: when using a head cleaner cassette, only playback the cassette for no more than 6 sec's at a time (anymore will damage the heads).

Summary:

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.

Mar 25, 2010 | Canon XM1 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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Hi; I keep getting dirty heads message - I run it through with a cassette head cleaner and even try to clean manually with a cotton bud and cassette tape cleaning solution, but after about 20 mins...


Have you changed brands of mini-DV tape? Some are poor and flake off or have a bad binder that clogs up the head. Sony and Panasonic fought it out for years as to whose emulsion binder would win out. Try using a new Canon-approved tape and see if it works. If even that clogs up, sounds like a trip to the shop is necessary.

Mar 22, 2010 | Canon XL1S Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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When I playback what I have recorded via camcorder or through tv it is so snowy you can not watch it through a video player it is perfect


Have you tried cleaning the camcorder heads?

Try putting vhs-c cleaner in your local ebay..... such as (in UK) ....

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/VIVANCO-VHS-C-Camcorder-Head-Cleaner-Buy-1-Get-1-Free_W0QQitemZ310201454774QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_Photography_CamcorderAccess_RL?hash=item48397290b6

Particles from the tape get lodged on the head over time. Its not special to VHS-c - its common to all tape products. Usually a good clean (say 3 - 4 times initially, plus one clean every 20 hours use, or so) prevents the accumulation of residue.

Feb 28, 2010 | JVC GR-SXM58 Camcorder

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My camcorder goes into safeguard mode EO3 when I try to clean it.


I have had the same problem with a different model JVC. I haven't been able to fix it yet, but there were a bunch of people on a different forum that were able to fix that error code quite simply. With a tape in the machine, flip the lever to eject the tape, then as soon as you hear the motor start to whir, quickly close the door.
It didn't help me, but like I said, several people reported that that action fixed the EO3 error.

Feb 01, 2009 | JVC GR-DVL505 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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Head cleaning.


same problem in SHARP camcorders.

SHARP offers no satisfactory solutions.

Possible SHARP does not even manufacture a head cleaning tape.
If they do it is TOP SECRET.

I will never buy SHARP again.

Dec 22, 2007 | Panasonic PV-GS250 Mini DV Digital...

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Tape goes in but comes right back out.


If you can get a head cleaner in the machine during one of those tries, run it for 10 seconds and try a tape. If you know how to take the door off and how to clean a machine with head cleaner, I think this will solve your problem. Always use the same brand of tape. Each company has their own lubricant and mixing tapes will gumm up the insides and cause tapes eject problems.
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Nov 04, 2007 | Canon ZR60 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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Audio drop out and/or static sound Thanks to anyone who has taken a look at my issue with audio cutting out. JVC has always been a brand I have confidence in, and I believe I picked this camera up when those recording to an internal hard drive were out of my range. Last summer, I received a fantastic deal on some JVC Evarios, so GR-D250 duo would be used only as back-up, BUT, I have a ton of old Mini DV tapes -- never recorded over anything. I would find the heads needing cleaning solution highly unlikely. The first 250 recorded the bulk of those 150 or Mini DV's and worked like a champ. Because of legal depositions for lawyers and like, who may not want for me to call time-out in a deposition to switch tapes and the fact that eventually my first was going to give out, having a back-up and eventually multiple seemed like the thing to do. Having a couple of friends film some sports events I could my mix radio play-by-play I could with dual camera angles was cool. This same-year model second buy had sat in storage; The original tape the who sold it to me with 10 minutes of footage came with it. I could tell the battery was so much stronger after a full charge than my old one, but this newer D250 has maybe had 1/10 the recording time as my original. Whether listening to the camera speakers, piping the sound from the rear A/V jack or importing via firewire, it's the same. The video may not be perfect and may "spark" or "flicker" in unison with the audio that drops out,but not always. At times, the video seems just fine but the audio drop-out is akin to a loop and I could probably time it, which was what I termed as cyclical. Could one of my friends have dropped it or tipped over a tripod and not told me? Sure, but I would think they would have told me. One night, follow some high school hoops I was importing, excited at the prospects of some two camera angles mixing. Thought I may have had a bad tape, but ruled that out right away through trying multiple tapes in bother cameras. Apologies for my loquacious follow-up; I suppose if worse comes to worse, I could check eBay for a secondhand model. I've "misplaced" my original, but it will turn up; it's simply a matter of desiring to import all that footage, since 2008, with superior editing software and skill than what I possessed when doing so initially. Thanks so much!

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