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Gray Horizontal bars in playback mode on Sony DCR-TRV33

I have had this camera since 12/2003 and never cleaned the heads until recently using a dynexMinidv head cleaner as I would encounter 3-4 gray horizontal bars across the lcd screen during playback mode. I contacted Sony and all they had to offer was to reset the camera. The gray bars are still there. Now another problem has popped up and it is that if I record something over something else, the footage that I am recording over still comes up in the place of the gray bars so in effect you are watching two recorded things at the same time. Please help as Sony does not seem to want to. Thanks!

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  • kenward1000 Jan 05, 2008

    I have a DCR-TRV38 which shows gray horizontal bars during playback of a mini DV tape which used to playback correctly on my old DCR-TRV8.  The only clue I have is the screen says "16 bit" during playback.  I've looked through all the on screen menus for a setting to change but have found none which address this.  I'm thinking that this is some kind of playback mode.

  • Anonymous Feb 15, 2009

    I had the same problem...I was trying to dub off the video onto CD and I had those strange bars. I had the camera plugged in to power on the wall and I yanked out the power to the camera and they went away. Weird.

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Tape path needs to be aligned.

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