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Video and audio play back is choppy

When trying to play previously recorded material, the audio and video is choppy. I've tried other tapes and get the same problem.

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OK, yes, it probably does relate to a tape tracking problem, but does knowing that help you out at the moment, I had this same problem and I scanned for solutions and somewhere I seen this remedy and it worked, remove the battery and take your open palm and give it a sharp rap at the bottom rear corner, a good solid one but not enough to damage the cam. Hope it works for you.

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I had a similar problem and finally figured out to just remove the battery, wait a few seconds (be sure the power cord/charger is not plugged into the camcorder) and then reinstall it.

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If you havent cleaned your camera with a tape cleaner (which they do work with damaging the heads) try that first. if problem still exist then you most likely have a tape path issue, which is out of the ordinary it is wear and tear and they do need maintenace periodically.

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Their is a tape path problem in your camcorder ,visit the service centre they wuld help u out

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