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SCRATCHY SOUND I own a JVC GR-D370U video camcorder. Whenever I play back my video recordings, I have this scratchy sound that comes in and out of my recordings. It's loud enough so that you can't hear the original audio during playback. When I transferred the recordings to my computer for editing, the scratchy sound was transferred also. I tried playing the video cassettes in a Sony camcorder and the scratchy audio was still present on the recordings. Is there anything I can do to fix my recordings or my video camera, or do I just need to get another video camera?

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  • Samola Oct 19, 2007

    Sorry, I don't have an external microphone. Is there anything else I can do?

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Try this also before you give in:

Sounds like you use the camera a lot.  When was the last time you cleaned the heads?  People forget this one simple thing.  For every 20 hours of operation you should clean the heads.  Try using a commercial "dry" head cleaner first. Only thing is they don't clean the rollers very well.

Note: I will always prefer to do a "manual wet"cleaning.  It takes longer, requires more work, but gets the job done more efficiently.  It is also not for the "first timer".  You need to do it a few times to get the feel and hang of it. Start with 100% methanol  and optical swabs you clean all the heads, guide pins, and rollers. (For excessive build up and for an aggressive cleaning , using 50% Acetone/50% alcohol mix.)  Once cleaned, repeat with 100% methanol to remove residues.  Let dry before inserting a tape again.

You are removing the "oxides" left behind by tape wear. It is redish brown in color and will be seen on a cotton swab after cleaning.

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This could be a fault with the built-in microphone.

One thing to try before condemning the camera is to plug in an external microphone and see if the noise disappears.

 

Good luck

Posted on Oct 19, 2007

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    Martin B Oct 19, 2007

    Just plug a spare lead into the socket to disable the internal mic.



    You should then be recording silence, if the scratchy noise is still there then it's not the internal microphone.

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    Martin B Oct 25, 2007

    Did you get this solved? Let us know what you tried.

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