When viewing the recorded tape on the device, gray bands show up a equal intervals on the screen. First I though maybe the old tapes had gone bad, so I bough new tapes and got the same results. What can be the problem?
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MiniDV cameras have two video heads on the rotating drum, which read and write the picture in broad horizontal bands. When one head is not working, normally because it is clogged by dust/dirt/tape residue, you see broad bands of noise across the image occupying exactly half the total image area.......
The only real cure will be to clean the video head. If that doesn't work then I'm afraid that whatever recorded you EP mode tape was not set up well tracking wise. So other machines struggle to track the tape. Some VCR's will only playback SP or LP tapes and don't have EP mode. In which case you should check to see if these VCR's can play the EP tape and if they can't find one that can.
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OUTPUT: Front Left pos (green/red) neg (green), Front Right pos (gray/red) neg (gray), Left Rear neg (brown) pos (brown/red), Right Rear neg (white) pos (white/red) firstname.lastname@example.org
I am having the same problem with a Sony Digital 8, When I hit play I see blue screen buy when I press play and fast foward I see the same gray scan lines> Did you have a stuck tape or problems ejecting tape? I think it is more than cleaning the heads. When I try to record it indicates no tape in camera.
please purchase special mini DV tape for head cleaning. After a treatment with this tape you can check if there is an improvement with other tapes.
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I had same problem. Don't buy a cleaner. Look inside camcorder and make sure both reel turners are equal in height...they can slide down. Turn both of them...one of mine was down and also did not turn to make contact with tape. We got it to turn and the message C31:23 and the dinging quit. Camera instantly worked like it used to. Good luck.
What do you mean by "Its only when i go to record or view previous recording"? in what situation doesn't it show the gray lines?
What about the viewfinder? do you get lines there aswell?
If you don't see the gray lines when you transfer the video out of the camera, then you don't have a head problem, a screen problem maybe. Don't hurry to use cleaner tapes because they can hurt the head, the actual cleaning procedure is one that scrapes the head and leaves some damage.
more info please