I recently purchased a used JVC DV600U. I digitized one tape and when I went to do a second one the machine would not play. The rewind still works.
I tried to use the head cleaner but since the play doesn't work I had no luck.
Any suggestions or should I take it into the shop?
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Re: VTR won't play
I would take a look at the loading machanism to see if it is properly loading the tape, usually on these type of machines if the tape is not being loaded properly the tape will not play. The rewind working indicates that the motor is still working so what you may also have is a gear problem, in which you will have to look at the gear system as the tape is loading and trying to go into play mode. This looks more like a mechanical problem then an electronics issue. However I would not rule out have to take voltage measurements to confirm that the electronics are ok (you will need a schematic for this, and a multimeter).
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I would say that it's because you haven't used the original test tape. Where the recordings that play up done on the model before the problems started? If so then that would prove that the tape is just slightly off. I can't see it being a fake head, nobody would make any money doing fake VHS heads these days!
The only real cure will be to clean the video head. If that doesn't work then I'm afraid that whatever recorded you EP mode tape was not set up well tracking wise. So other machines struggle to track the tape. Some VCR's will only playback SP or LP tapes and don't have EP mode. In which case you should check to see if these VCR's can play the EP tape and if they can't find one that can.
If there is an external microphone jack on the camera, it would help if you tried recording with an external microphone. Also, the mini DV's will mute the sound if the tape guides are slightly out of adjustment. You can tell if they have moved by trying a known good sound tape in the machine. If that plays with no sound also, the tape guides have moved out of alignment.
You try it with proper connection using a new or working wire if you have used a vcr to play back. Play the tape with any other camera.Bcoz your monitor may be fault. Play the head cleaning tape in the camera, and try
May be the recording head of your camera is clogged
This is an indication that both data heads are dirty. In a digital camcorder both heads need to be operating correctly to obtain a full picture. Insert a new cleaning tape and run it for only 10 seconds or less, this should clear up the problem. Avoid using the tape that caused the problem. Do not use the cleaning tape for regular maintenance, this will damage the drum surface.
Good luck to you!
The BR-DV3000 DV deck has LP inhibit function which is set in the operations menu. JVC does not recommend the use of LP mode and therefore locks this mode out by default. You can change this setting to allow operation in LP mode if you like but I don't recommend it. Using LP mode on DV tape causes the error rate to escalate due to the narrower track width produced by the slow moving tape.
Good Luck, this is a nice machine!