Question about Canon ZR400 Mini DV Digital Camcorder
Last night, we turned off the camera after watching the video playback and put it in its bag. However, the next morning, when we tried ot playback the stuff again, the tape acted as if it was balnk. we fast forwarded and rewinded on both tapes with important footage on them.
In the left hand corner there is the minutes and second, but when tryign to playback the tapes, there are no numbers.
Is the film gone? and what could have possibly happened?
I taped a lesson of myself teaching. I checked right after to make sure it recorded and it did. Now I went back to watch it again and it is gone!
Mine did the same thing. I cleaned the head with a dry tape cleaner
then instead of just showing a blue screen it started showing a screen
with the video but with gray lines on it. Cleaned it a few more times
but it still didn't work. Finally I came up with a solution they say
not to do this but if your careful it will be fine. Get a bottle of
nail polish remover acetone free and some q-tips. Dampen one of the
q-tips make sure its only damp and not wet be sure not to get finger
oil on your q-tips. With the camera tape port ejected and open lightly
swab the head with the q-tip with nail polish remover do this as long
as you like being sure to clean the whole head once complete let it
dry for a few minutes when it drys it will be dull looking with a thin
white film on it. Take a fresh q-tip ensuring you don't touch the
cotton your going to use this to wipe the film off the head once
complete the head will look shiny. try your tape and if it works it was
a dirty head if it plays the screws up most likely your tape is dirty
or messed up.
Posted on Dec 10, 2009
Yes .the tape is being corrupt..
Posted on Feb 11, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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This is usually caused by an oxidized or defective Audio/Video drum. Try running a cleaning tape through the camera. If this does not solve the problem the camera will need to be repaired qualified service technician.
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