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Panasonic PV-GS500 Just this week when I've been recording with my PV-GS500, when I playback with the camera, there are thick blue lines across my picture I've tried to tape. I bought a DVCassette head cleaner and "played" it for the suggested 10 seconds, but it still has wide blue lines when I record. Does anyone know why this is happening? HELP! My son's kindergarten concert is this coming Wednesday...

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I had the same problem but without the needing cleaning message on my Pana PvGs12, weird as it sounded, I stopped it but left it on and gave it a whack on my palm and then tired playing it again and it fixed it. But I have heard it may also need professional head repair and that it may be out of alignment too? Try switching from doing it in the camera mode and or in the playback mode. I'd also try the reset button.

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