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Panasonic AG-455 Problem

I have a Panasonic AG-455 camera.  The problem is that whenever I attempt to record I hear a loud noise.  Additionally, if I hit record/play I hear the noise and I can turn the camera upside down and the noise sound changes.  Whenever I start recording there is no noise for like 10 seconds.  Then it starts making the noise.  WHenever it makes the noise the video is bouncy.  Then if I connect the S-video up to the TV and press play, it makes the same noise and the video comes out "messed up." 
I have already attempted to clean the heads several times and that did not fix the problem.  Does anyone have a idea??  I really like this camera!!

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  • djkurvy Oct 27, 2007

    Ok.  I took the side cover off.. lol  Then I pulled the dust cover off of a VHS tape.  I hit play and heard the noise coming out the bottom where it pushes the reel down.  WHen I touch the metal cylandar thingy (Head?) the noise stops until I remove my finger.  Does anone know how to replace any of this stuff?  If so where do you find Panasonic parts for this camera model?

  • djkurvy Oct 27, 2007

    Ok when I spin the chrome cylandar thingy counterclockwise I head a simular noise to what I experience when I am recording/playing.

  • RJason Feb 24, 2009

    I just bought the same camera on ebay, and have essentially the same problem. Mine only shows black and white. I can record, but it's only in B&W and the noise is an eery cranking sound. This is otherwise a great looking camera and I would really like to know how to resolve the problem. When I rotate the head, that chrome thingy, it makes the cranking sound. I suppose it needs a new head, and some electronic thingamajig to fix the color

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The noise is most likely bad bearings in the video head assembly. No longer available from Panasonic. The b/w recording problem is most likely caused by a bad video board inside the camera. Unfortunately, the video board is also no longer available.

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