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SOURCE: Panasonic AG-DV2000 Mini DV loading problem

the "dv sensor"is actually a mechanical lever built into the cassette housing that moves the reel tables to match the reel spacing on mini or full-size DV tapes. check to see if this assembly is free to move. if it binds up, the reel tables may not move as far as they need to, and can cause problems similar to the one you're seeing. to inspect the mechanism, you need to remove the cassette housing. if you don't have a service manual, get a tech to help -- it's a delicate procedure for the inexperienced.

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SOURCE: when i insert a tape into Panasonic AG-DV2700 Mini

Dear FixYa customer,

There can be several reasons for the tape spitting back out including, a defective tape, foreign object/lablel in the cassette compartment, unit in timer recording with tab knocked out on tape and then actual mechanical and electrical faults.

I will concentrate on the mechanical and electrical faults here, since you can verify the others.

Electrical, would include the Power supply, and Micro processor circuits.
A weakened power supply due to deterioration of the filter components will kick the tape out if the power supply voltage drops below a certain value. The filter components deteriorate with age and heat, and then put out less voltage.

There are critical timing circuits, and sensors that control the mechanism positioning and send signals to the Micro processor. The tape in sensor, mode switch, and LED are common faults here.

Mechanical faults include the Cassette Loading Assembly, Capstan, and Drum motor. A fault in the casseette housing assembly that won't allow it to load 100%, a Drum or Capstan motor that is sluggish or frozen will send a signal to he CPU to kick the tape back out.


The Power Supply is a common failure.
An experienced technician can verify the power supply voltages and replace the filter components for approximately $25.00 plus labor.

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Playback flickering


Hi there,

The most common cause of this is dust, debris or contamination on the heads.

Firstly, it's extremely important that you use only DRY LUBRICANT type DV tapes on the Canon branded camcorders.

Different manufacturers design their heads to be used with either Dry or Wet (coating lubricant type) tapes - NEVER BOTH. Canon is DRY type.

Consumers are led to believe that they should be using well known branded DV tapes, such as Sony. This is fine, if your camcorder is a Sony. However, you should NEVER use Sony tapes in your Canon - Sony tapes are of the WET type.

So, the question is, "Are you currently using Dry or Wet type tapes, or a mixture of both?" If you have used either a WET tape, or a mixture of both in your Canon, then this may have contaminated your heads.

If this is so, then don't panic - simply run a special Head Cleaning cassette (for Dry tapes) in your Canon for no more than 5 secs. Note: your heads are very delicate, so only run the cleaning tapes for a few secs at a time.

Also, try to avoid recording over the cassette too many times, as the quality will sometimes degrade each time.

An example of the Dry tapes are the Panasonic ones (Myself and other Pro Videographers often use Panasonic Prof, Studio or Master Quality tapes, as these are some of the better quality Dry tapes on the market).

As your XL2 is a Pro Camcorder, I recommend you stick with Studio quality (or higher) cassettes.

See this link for Dry DV tapes: http://cgi.ebay.com/Panasonic-mini-DV-digital-video-cassette-AY-DVM63SQ-5pk-/170645949017?pt=US_Camcorder_Tapes_Discs&hash=item27bb4a8a59

or

http://cgi.ebay.com/5-Panasonic-Master-HDV-HD-video-tape-HC9-Mini-DV-/220519311691?pt=US_Camcorder_Tapes_Discs&hash=item3357f9a94b


See this link for Head Cleaner cassette: http://cgi.ebay.com/MiniDV-mini-DV-Panasonic-Head-Cleaner-Cleaning-Tape-/220683036059?pt=US_Camcorder_Tapes_Discs&hash=item3361bbe59b


If the problem still exists after head cleaning, then suspect either a faulty cassette (most likely) or damaged heads requiring service.

Let me know how you get on...


Scott



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First guess is the camera has dirty heads. Suggestion is to run a head cleaner in your video camera. Regardless of the instructions on the head cleaner, I usually run the head-cleaner tape on "Play" for about 10 to 15 seconds, and then on "Record" another 10 to 15 seconds. Wait for 10 minutes before loading your playback tape. Try playing your tape again.

Also, check to be sure the tape is loaded properly and that the hatch closes securely and properly. A hastily loaded tape or an ill-fitting closure could cause the play function to stop.

If this does not solve the issue, it may be something in the play switch or in the playback mechanism that requires repair services. If the problem continues, I would recommend calling the Panasonic Company and speak with Tech support or Video Camera Repair. They may be able to tell you and estimate of what it would cost for the repair.

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Have you changed brands of mini-DV tape? Some are poor and flake off or have a bad binder that clogs up the head. Sony and Panasonic fought it out for years as to whose emulsion binder would win out. Try using a new Canon-approved tape and see if it works. If even that clogs up, sounds like a trip to the shop is necessary.

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You may need a MiniDV head cleaner tape. Read the instructions on the tape carefully and good luck.

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The problem is with the tape...Never rewind tape in the play mode for some reason it will screw it up.
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Hmmm. Try cleaning the tape heads with a mini dv cassette cleaner and see what happens afterwards. I would also recommend playing the tapes on a different camera and if you get the same response, then your audio is gone forever, but I highly doubt that would be the case.

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either use a manufacturer recommended head cleaning tape or have a tech give it a good hand cleaning. Panasonic head cleaning tapes work well.

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Maybe your blaming the wrong people? Maybe your camcorder has a problem? with the power off, try pushing the eject button and the power button down together for a few seconds, but push down the eject button before the power. If that does not work, you will need to have the camcorder service and ask the servicer to please be kind to the tape as it is important. Good Luck

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I too had same problems its because your tape head is not clean use a head cleaner cassette and play it, your problem will solve

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