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Canon Gl2 Artifacts and striping on the tape in playback. My canera have recently had problems when recording. I have never cleaned the heads, Could this be the problem? How do I clean them?

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  • Anonymous Feb 24, 2009

    I have a canon gl2 that is jammed. the video doesn't eject, nor does it have any motor functions at all. the rest of the camcorder seems to work fine, but the mini-dv tape mechanism is screwed. i sent it to canon once and they did a rush repair job on it. a tensioning arm was loose when they sent it back and it wouldn't record right. it fell out when I looked in the machine to see if I could find the problem. I put it back where it belonged and the camcorder began recording and performing beautifully. just 2 days ago I inserted a brand new tape and it seized up and now i'm without a camcorder for my documentary project.



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Do you have to playback for 5 minutes each time eject and playback?

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  • C-dubz Dec 14, 2007

    yes u do ...Nevermind..but for any1 else U do that On the 5th time Ull see it start working



Do u have to playback wait 5 mins. Then eject each of the 5 times

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Dirty video head! Playback newly opened blank tape for five minutes, after that eject, reinsert, playback then eject again five times, these will serve as your video head cleaner, never use "video head cleaning cassette tape" for it will only damage your camera. Most camera has built in video head cleaner installed inside and activates only when you insert, initial play/rec, and ejects a tape. If the problem is still there you need pro fix then.[:0)

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