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Rewinding Troubles So I just received my new vx2100 from B&H and noticed that whenever I rewound the tape after filming to review my footage, that the playback would skip more and more with more breaks in the playback.  When I tested the rewinding function on a new, totally unused tape, I found that after rewinding it  in my camera, one edge of the film strip inside the tape became wrinkled, which I'm guessing created the skips in the playback.   Help!

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Return it to b+h for warranty repair. sounds like a tape path alignment problem.

Posted on Oct 26, 2007

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The film ripped from the cassette on a contax rts when i was manually rewinding it. is there any way to salvage this at home? also, what is the best way to remove the film from the camera, without damaging...


before opening the camera, press the film rewind release button and ensure that the portion of film which remains attached to the cassette has been totally rewound. Next, with the camera in total darkness, open the camera back and remove the film cassette. Grab a firm hold of the loose end of the torn film and tape it to a piece of wooden dowelling and then turn the dowelling so that the film pulls out and winds onto it. Once the film has disengaged from the camera, place the dowelling with the film into a totally light-proof container: an old but spotlessly clean metal tin, such as a custard powder, cornflour or even a paint tin will do the job. Don't use a plastic lidded tin as the lid is always slightly translucent and will fog the film. When the tin lid has been firmly closed with the film inside, you can take the tin to a specialist processor and get both film portions developed.

Note that specialist handling of this type regarding development is not cheap. You cannot use a regular postal processor or minilab as their machinery cannot handle damaged film, only a professional lab (or a well-equipped friend) can individually process your film. Bear the cost in mind, as it's only worth doing if you are sure that there are valuable/irreplaceable images on the film.

Also note that by pressing the rewind button before pulling out the film, you are largely using the camera as intended so will not damage it. Afterwards, check the camera thoroughly and clean out any broken film fragments.Torn film is sometimes down to a manufacturing defect in the film, or due to the rewind button popping out during rewinding, or rewinding much too fast or due to excessive resistance in the take-up mechanism as the film is rewound; the latter usually indicates that the camera is overdue for a professional CLA (Clean, Lubricate, Adjust) service. The fault may commonly be due to a combination of those factors.

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How do i open the film part of the camera?


I don't know that particuler camera, but try to pull up the rewinding crank. make sure the film has been rewound first, if there is a film in it.

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I can't get my film to rewind in my camera. Help!!!


  1. there s a small silver button on the bottom that releases the film so it can be rewound
  2. the rewind crank is on the left side on top, a little are flips out to allow you to crank it. Turn in direction of the arrow until you feel the tension release.
If you already did this and you feel hat there is still film in the camera the next question is
  1. did you load the film correctly - if not the film did not advance and thus no tension when you rewound the film
  2. is the film broken off inside the camera - too much pressure when rewinding the film without releases the clutch (little silver button)

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Camera won't record/ play footage.


Video head was dirty / clogged due to old tapes usage so it did not recorded any signal on tape and now it requires cleaning with good quality head cleaning tape to record and playback properly.

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Need to take old film out of camera


Usually when the film is shot (you may get more frames than the indicated 24/36 or whatever on the film canister) it will automatically rewind. If not, there's a button in the bottom of the camera you have to press - or other switch-like thing with a symbol 'o__' for rewinding the film.
Beware not to open the back of the camera before you are surethe film is rewound.

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Try to clean your heads with a video heads cleaning cassettefor ten seconds and try to read your tape.
If it doen't help, your footage is corrupt.

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check the mechanism inside the film compartment, it may have a broken rewinding gear, if there's nothing broken clean the contact point inside the film compartment, use cotton buds and alcohol or fluid.

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Your film is already rewound (if I understood you correctly). Your camera is beeping because the film is rewound and there is no film for the camer to take the photo on since it has been rewound.

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