I am trying to clean my camera (cause it shows black lines across the screen when I record or play a tape). I bought a cleaner specified for my type of camera and it won't accept the tape.It says "Unit in safegaurd mode. Eject and reinsert tape." What do I do?
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Re: Cleaning the camera
just insert a brand new dv tape and let it record for 10 min.. rewind back to 5 min and start playing and do a repeated ff and rw you can see the black lines slowly going off..
all the best my friend
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The most common cause of horizontal lines during playback is dirty heads/tape path. If you have a head cleaner tape, try playing it for about 5 to 10 seconds and then try your tape again. Repeat as necessary. Try not to run the head cleaner for long periods of time because you may wear down your heads quicker (cleaning cassette is somewhat abrasive). If you do not own a head cleaning tape, I highly recommend purchasing one. Sony (in my opinion) makes the best miniDV head cleaning cassette. We use this brand in our repair shop and they last for years. I have posted a link to the particular tape I am speaking of. Your local camera/camcorder shop may have these for sale.
I have had this problem myself, and it is nothing more than a head cleaning issue, from my experience. Sometimes, when a head cleaner will not work, the camera requires proper maintenance. The problem arises through long pauses, and over time. A suggestion for better use perhaps, would be to not pause tape for too long when playing back. Based on personal experiences.
Supreemwun, Canon support was of no help. They ****! To fix the problem this is what I figured out.
Before you start filming what you want record or just advance the tape 10 secs or so.
Record/ video whatever you planned.
Now when the thick grey lines come up on play back don't freak out.
Simply rewind the tape to the beginning and record briefly in the blank portion at the beginning (careful not to tape too long as to tape over your intended recording).
Rewind and play the thick grey lines should now be gone.
How did I figure this out just a fluke. No cleaning, no spray pretty simple. At first did not understand it but it works EVERYTIME for me. I'll deal with it until I get around to buying a new HD video camera and it won't be a Canon. Hope this helps.
Someone here recommended on another post to put the lense cap on &
videotape the blackness in a quiet room for 5-10 mins. I tried this as
a last resort & it worked. When I played back the tape, no more
skipping or gray lines. I had 4-5 SOLID gray lines with skipping video
& audio in between on every tape I put in. The person who
helped me solve this said: "the speed isn't linked with the last time you recorded on it. Frames
have an A/B part to them. If A is hitting B instead of A, a line
appears. I would try the head cleaner first, then blacken your used
tape (keep lens cap on and record in a quiet room) and try that."
My camera is a Canon zr80 digital camcorder. (Called Canon,
they had me reset it & then recommended sending it in).
your older recordings will only play on a pal
monitor / tv ; if the camera video is ok now ?
your tape heads may be dirty , wearing out -
or both ;
try a cleaning tape first but - do not rewind
cleaning cassettes , or the old grime will be
put back on the cleaned heads and guides ;