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Rec video I have a canon gl1 and i can play videos but I can't record

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Re: Rec video

Is the tape locked? Make sure the tape is not switched into protective mode.

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Posted on May 30, 2008

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I dont have the Canon GL1 3CCD video camera manual


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I get digital video breakup and no sound on playback on my Canon Gl1.

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When I play my recorded tapes back in my GL1 they break up almost like pixelating( if that's a ) I have had the camera since 2001 and have recorded 100's of hours of video.

This is most likely caused by a damaged or misaligned video drum and can usually be repaired fairly inexpensively. However, it's not a user serviceable problem and will need to be repaired by a qualified service technician.

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After recording and replaying, the picture is "sliced up". I've tried cleaning head with dry tape, seemed to help but still there. Trouble is it seems to vary each time I play the same tape.

Do not use a head cleaner - they can damage the heads. Insert a brand new high quality tape and perform a record. Let it record through the entire tape. Then, play back an original prerecorded tape and check playback.

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When I turn on the camera, nothing happens and the screen/view finder is blank. i checked the standby switch its off. when i press record it will record but on the tape it is just a black screen? any ideas...

i know exactly whats wrong! the same thing happend to me.
1. turn off the gl1 2.look at the record button with the lock and standby switch 3.flip the switch all the way to standby because it might be stuck in the middle 4. turn on your camera

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This happened to me one time. Judging from the date of this, you probably have found a solution. The bottom line is that the camera has accidentally been placed in "Standby" mode. It is the lever surrounding the back of camera record button. When this is moved to standby, the VCR mode works, but nothing for the Camera mode. Hope this helps.

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