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Problems When I record video lines come across the screen. And it records onto the tape

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SOURCE: Constant Eject Tape iluminated on screen.

Are there any error codes listed? Usually when a camcorder constantly ejects the tape it is because of a fault being present, the most likely one is moisture. Leave unit in a dry environment for a day with the cassette door open then try it. If you are sure the unit does not have moisture in it you probably have a bad moisture sensor. They go bad frequently. It is the small square device usually located on the deck base near the video drum and sometimes on the base of the drum. I do not know if you are capable of replacing this unit. If not you will need to find a reputable repair facility to get an estimate. Keep in mind from the description you gave of the problem it could be about anything. This is just the most common problem for this symptom. Several websites which offer free estimates are: or or Good luck.

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SOURCE: No image during recording -- sharp mini dv VL-NZ50

This problem can certainly be fixed and is not that expensive : the no image in capture mode when you can playback is caused by faulty CCD sensor and you might even have it done free of charge because it is often a faulty sensor that goes in your camera during manufacture. Sony in particular repairs these faults free of charge, but others do too.

Posted on Sep 04, 2007

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Actually, they do still sell the tapes. I have seen Hi8 video tapes at Walgreens, and on ebay and I have a Sony VL-E600U.

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SOURCE: recorded new tapes show lines or tracking problems

Hi - This is the most common problem with film camcorders. The heads are dirty. you need to get yourself a head cleaning cassette and carefully follow the directions. Since it sounds like you haven't cleaned it in a while or at all would give it a second pass with the cleaning cassette.

Analog camcorders in general specify that the heads should be cleaned every 10-15 hrs.of use. It's possible it's another problem but unlikely and this is a cheap way to find out.

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You would need to have the camera diagnosed/repaired by a professional or sharp themselves. Most independent places online will give you a free estimate. have you tried a cleaning tape? Given the age of this unit you may want to consider replacement.
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Posted on Jun 10, 2011

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