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Video Head Problem

It is recording perfectly allright as i have checked its recording on another camera but it is not playing its own recording so i am unable to watch mine recorded movies. While playing it looks like that some waves or moving on the screen or tape is sticking. I have used Head cleaner but no improvemnt. Local Hitachi Support say that i should replace Video Head but it is not available with them in Pakistan. It is brand new camera, only 5 ~ 6 tapes were recorded in three years. Any help will be appreciated!

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Re: Video Head Problem

It could also be tape path alignment, either case you will have to send it in.

Posted on Jan 16, 2008

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