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Wrong Format Playback not possible for Canon ZR200

I have Canon ZR200 mini Dv. The message "Wrong Format playback not possible" appears, indicates that attempted to play back a tape recorded in HD format. but I have this problem at several tapes, what is the solution??

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SOURCE: No sound or vision playback of dv tape

From my poin of view cyliner (rotary head) have poor conection or this parts will be replace.

Posted on Oct 07, 2007

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SOURCE: JVC GR-DVL120 Playback

you should have the heads cleaning,
try to put a cleaning tape and run it for playback then try recording again

Posted on Nov 20, 2007

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SOURCE: Eject tape message

We get the eject message and then it will not eject tape.  Any suggestions

Posted on May 29, 2008

SOURCE: black lines on playback no playback

hi, if you have stuck the head cleaner in and this has not removed the black lines then the head might either need a thorough clean or may be damaged.

Posted on Jul 23, 2008

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SOURCE: During playback, only seee a blue screen.

kindly rate me if ui have helped u !

i hope ur problem gets solved

Posted on Apr 24, 2009

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try with head cleaner tape 2 or 3 times mostly it works if not change video head assembly

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MiniDV Video Head Cleaning Tape is available in stores.

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please state the age of your devices. It can help a great lot in solving your problems. The lines that you get aren't continuous, are they? They appear to be going up and down, are different sizes and shift as the tape plays, yes? well, this is simple. You need to clean your recording head.

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The heads are dirty, purchase a soft head cleaning tape and run it for 25 secs.

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This is the description of the feature you need: "Have friends in far-off places? Turn your ZR200 into a Webcam for Internet Video Chat with Microsoft Windows Messenger through IEEE1394. It's all possible thanks to the DV Messenger2 software, available as a free download for ZR200 owners. DV Messenger2 allows you to control the zoom and focus of your ZR200 or the camcorder of the person you are chatting with. Preview thumbnails and transfer photos. You can even watch and control the video playback of either camcorder right from your computer." You can download DV Messenger Version 2 only after registering with Canon, see the bottom of the following page: I believe the drivers are included in the download. Please update the question & let us know if the information given was useful to you - Good Luck!

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