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Camcorder has problems

I have had my camera for a couple of years, I am having trouble with it ruining tapes either during playback or recording. I wonder if it could be dirty or is there something unfixable wrong? It just don't play right, this just started happening about a week or 2 ago.

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Re: camcorder has problems

i have the same mdel which had the tape eating problem & it reminded meof the old DAT systems which responded well to a 10 minute session with a cleaning tape, press play,FF to end & then rewind to beginning which forces the cleaning tape to clean the rollers as well. I tried it on my JVC cam & it cleared up the fast rewind eating problem/ squealing. i have heard that FF & RW sometimes has to be done several times to clean well used rollers.
hope it works

Posted on Jun 18, 2008

Re: camcorder has problems

I've had mine for about 3 years and just last year it started giving me playback problems....the screen would have blue stripes across it and sound won't play. I could usually fix it by rewinding and playing again...but it's not correcting itself right now... I hope I didn't waste 60000 yen on this c_c;

Posted on Apr 19, 2008

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No picture. Camer drives tape but does not record

Playback no picture? Try to clean the head by inserting cleaning cassette. During camera mode, i don't know if you see anything in your monitor. What you see is what you can record on tape so may be your problem starts from here, please elaborate more.

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I have a blue screen during playback mode on my Sony DCR-HC32. I am not able to see anything I recorded. What should I do?

Follow this procedure to troubleshoot if a blue screen is displayed when attempting to playback video from the camcorder.
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  2. Ensure the tape has been rewound to the beginning of the video recording.
  3. Play the tape.
  4. If the issue is not resolved, stop the tape and remove it from the camcorder.
  5. Clean the video heads of the camcorder using a dry head cleaning cassette.IMPORTANT: Follow the instructions for use provided with the head cleaning cassette. It may be necessary to use the head cleaning cassette more than once per session.
  6. Reinsert the tape into the camcorder.
  7. Play the tape.
  8. If the issue is not resolved, stop the tape and remove it from the camcorder.
  9. Insert a different tape with video footage into the camcorder.
  10. Ensure the tape has been rewound to the beginning of the video recording.
  11. Play the tape.

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the roller inside your camcorder might have dust dirt. try to use camcorder's tape cleaner to clean it.

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Recording and playing a new tape worked for me too. Thanks!

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What's happening is that the tape in the cassette is being chewed on one side by the camera's tape transporting mechanism during playback, hence the distorted image and sound. The mechanism might be damaged (misalignment) or just dirty. Try not to play other tapes on this unit because they will become permanently damaged. The best way is to find another camcorder (if cleaning does not help). Note that some old cassettes of long recording time will exhibit this behavior more often because of thinner tape used.

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Camcorder won't playback most Hi8 tapes

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your tape guides are out of calibration on all your pre - recorded tapes , or they are out of adjustment ( maybe even loose ) now ; - - put your camcorder close , next to your ear ? and . . . listen ! to a new tape in play mode - if you hear a fluttering sound like a deck of cards being shuffled softly , the camera is damaging all your tapes and needs alignment ;

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Problem with sound during playback

do not used that cleaning cassette it will ruin your video head...cause the cleaner is very rough....just forward a blank new tape for cleaning...the problem of your camera is the tape alignment...

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Bad playback quality

Some possible cause of lines, noise or pixelation during playback are: 1. Dirty heads on the recording machine. If the heads were dirty at the time of recording, the dirty heads didn't record a strong enough signal on the tape. The damage is done for this tape and recovery is unlikely. Best advice here is to use only premium grade new tapes and keep your camcorder clean by occasionally running a cleaning tape. 2. Physical tape damage. Any distortion of the tape will result in mistracking and subsequent loss of data. 3. Built up oxide deposits or other debris in the guidepost corners can also result in tape edge damage. Keep your machine clean! 4. Improper tape storage - Even short term exposure to high temperatures over 130 deg f. can permanently damage the tape. The black cassette housing readily absorbs the sun's infrared rays and internal cassette temperatures can soar even if left in direct sunlight on just a warm day. It doesn't take much heat to slightly distort the plastic shell or ruin the tape contained within. * Try other tapes to ensure the problem lies within the tape and not the camcorder. * If the problem becomes apparent on all tapes, try a head cleaner. After cleaning the heads, the tapes may not play cleaner if the recording was done while the heads were dirty.

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