Question about Sony Handycam DCR-HC42 Mini DV Digital Camcorder
I bought my camera used, it worked fine the first two times then I went to play back mode and could hear the camera running but the screen remained blue. I opened the cassete place and removed the cassette and blew into it to remove any debris. I did this several times. Now the camera plays the tape but I have gray horizontal lines running through the picture. I am thinking its the heads but don't want to purchase anything that might make it worse.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Will not playback tapes
a sony cleaning cassette may clear the gunk from your friend ' s possibly ? bad tapes ( do not rewind it - or the gunk will be redeposited ) ; if still no video , get an estimate to have your heads and guides cleaned . . . professionally ;
Posted on Aug 02, 2007
Someone here recommended on another post to put the lense cap on & videotape the blackness in a quiet room for 5-10 mins. I tried this as a last resort & it worked. When I played back the tape, no more skipping or gray lines. I had 4-5 SOLID gray lines with skipping video & audio in between on every tape I put in. I think the person who helped me solve this said that it was a result of the tape alignment going off. My camera is a Canon zr80 digital camcorder. (Called Canon, they had me reset it & then recommended sending it in).
Posted on Nov 28, 2008
Gray horizontal lines across the screen in playback is symptom of dirty / clogged video head and you need to use good quality mini-dv video head cleaning tape to clean video head.
Posted on Mar 16, 2009
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