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Canon V400 - playback too fast

Hi, I just purchased old stock, but new, Canon V400 to enable me to play and hopefully save a bunch of Video 8's I had, survived tsunami. I put in the first tape, great, have picture and sound, but it is running too fast. The camera does not appear to have the choice of SP or LP. I presume it is run on SP mode as standard, and the tapes have been recorded in LP. Any help would be much appreciated!

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jerryg50
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SOURCE: Switched back and forth between SP and LP in playback

The control track on the tape is not being sensed properly, or there may be a fault in the capston circuit, or capston drive.


There are a number of issues that can cause this:

This can be a dirt film on the control track head, or the main video drum heads, or warn head surfaces. It may also be an alignment problem due to warn parts. The electronics that read and process the control track, or video synchronization processing may have a fault.

The first thing you can do as a user is to clean the tape path. It is safest and usualy works well to use a cleaning tape for your camera type. Follow the instructions for the cleaning tape. The cleaning tape has a surface on it that is supposed to clean the head surfaces without causing a disturbance. Usualy the time required is about 5 to 10 seconds, depending on the model of the camera and the type of tape format.

Read the instructions that comes with the cleaning tape. It is not recomended to re-wind and re-use this tape.

Past this point, the camera will have to be serviced.


Jerry G.



Posted on May 02, 2008

welcomejee
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SOURCE: LP/SP mode

Seems your Canon doesn't support LP mode playback. Please see its user manual and check its specifications for LP mode playback.

Posted on Aug 17, 2008

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