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Playback mal-function When I insert a tape that has been previously recorded on, the camcorder recognizes tape but has lost its time code and does not playback the recored video.  How do I solve this problem?

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TRY A CLEANING CASSETTE THIS MIGHT PROLONG THE AGONY. HEAD IS DIRTY OR NEEDS AJUSTED

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The head is dirty or bad - insert a brand new blank tape in the camcorder and perform a record through the entire tape without stopping the process until it finishes the record all the way through - this should clean the heads. Playback a pre-recorded tape. If it plays back ok then attempt an actual record. If unsuccessful, then the heads are bad.

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Hello. First, try placing the cassette into another known-good camcorder to verify that you actually recorded something on the tape! Next, use a good quality head cleaner--the type that uses a small amount of liquid. There is a small chance that the heads in the rotating drum are very dirty and preventing video information transfer.There are 2 video information sources in a camcorder. The CCD, in record mode, sends video information to a rotating drum which transfers it to the tape that is wound around it. This image is visible in the viewfinder and on the lcd screen. In playback mode, the rotating drum simply picks up the information off the magnetic tape. It is entirely possible that damaged circuitry is blocking video info to the drum and preventing it from being transferred to the tape. Additionally, when trying to play back a pre-recorded tape, the information might be blocked by the same damaged circuitry so you don't see anything--yet you know it's there. You'll see everything live in the viewfinder and on the lcd screen because that comes directly off the CCD chip. If the tape HAS your video on it, then there is a playback circuit problem only. I'm surprised you didn't see any error codes in the display. In either case, you will HAVE to send the unit in for repair. Send it to a repair facility directly--a retail store will add considerable cost to your bill needlessly.--- Hope I helped you.---Rick

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  1. Stop the tape.
  2. Ensure the tape has been rewound to the beginning of the video recording.
  3. Play the tape.
  4. If the issue is not resolved, stop the tape and remove it from the camcorder.
  5. Clean the video heads of the camcorder using a dry head cleaning cassette.IMPORTANT: Follow the instructions for use provided with the head cleaning cassette. It may be necessary to use the head cleaning cassette more than once per session.
  6. Reinsert the tape into the camcorder.
  7. Play the tape.
  8. If the issue is not resolved, stop the tape and remove it from the camcorder.
  9. Insert a different tape with video footage into the camcorder.
  10. Ensure the tape has been rewound to the beginning of the video recording.
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A Q-tip should never be used to clean a video head.  Unfortunately they can pull the tiny head out of alignment.  I believe this is your problem and the repaid may be more costly than a new purchase.

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Dirty video head! Playback newly opened blank tape for five minutes, after that eject, reinsert, playback then eject again five times, these will serve as your video head cleaner, never use "video head cleaning cassette tape" for it will only damage your camera. Most camera has built in video head cleaner installed inside and activates only when you insert, initial play/rec, and ejects a tape. If the problem is still there you need pro fix then.[:0)

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Audio Dubbing may vary by model. Most Digital Camcorders are equipped with this feature. To verify that your model is, please view the User Manual. Audio Dubbing * The AUDIO DUBBING function only works in PLAYER Mode. * You can add sound to the original sound on a pre-recorded tape, recorded in SP mode with 12bit sound. * Use the internal and external microphones or other audio equipment. * The original sound will not be erased. Dubbing sound 1. Set the camcorder to PLAYER mode. * If you want to use an external microphone, connect the microphone to the external MIC input jack on the camcorder. * When you wish to dub using the External A/V input, connect the AUDIO/VIDEO cable to the camcorder by inserting the cable jack into the A/V in/out terminal at the left side of the camcorder. - Press the MENU button, turn the MENU DIAL to highlight A/V and press the ENTER button. - Turn the MENU DIAL to highlight AV IN/OUT and press the ENTER button to select AV IN. 2. Press the (PLAY/STILL) button and find the timeframe of the scene to be dubbed. 3. Press the (PLAY/STILL) button to pause the scene. 4. Press the A.DUB button on the Remote Control. * A.DUB will be displayed on the LCD. * The camcorder is in a ready-to-dub state for dubbing. 5. Press the (PLAY/STILL) button to start dubbing. * Press the (STOP) button to stop the dubbing. Notes: * You can not use the audio dubbing function while playing a write protected video tape. * When you wish to dub using the External A/V input, you must connect the AUDIO/VIDEO cable to the audio system from which you wish to record. * You cannot dub sound on a pre-recorded tape in LP or 16 bit mode. Dubbed audio Playback 1. Insert the dubbed tape and press MENU button. 2. Turn the MENU DIAL to highlight A/V. 3. Press the ENTER button to enter the sub-menu. 4. Use the MENU DIAL to select AUDIO SELECT from the submenu. 5. Press the ENTER button to enter the sub-menu. 6. Using the MENU DIAL, select the AUDIO playback channel. Press the ENTER button to confirm the audio playback channel. * SOUND1 : play the original sound. * SOUND2 : play the dubbed sound. * MIX(1+2) : play back SOUND1 and 2 equally mixed. 7. To exit, press the MENU button. 8. Press the (PLAY/STILL) button to playback the dubbed tape. Note: When you playback added sound (SOUND2 or MIX mode), you may experience loss of sound quality.

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