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Camera won't record/ play footage.

I was filming for a project with tapes that i already had footage on. I was taping over some of the old footage. Then i got a moisture condensation thing and i waited it out. Then i a dirty video head. It would let me film a little at a time. So when i was done i went to review the footage and nothing seemeed to record but also nothing was on the tapes like everything had been erased. What is going on.?

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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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