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Picture flips whill playing tape recorded from cable TV station

Pushing ther tracking buttons does not correct the problem. Panasonic support lead me through a couple of reset proceedures, suggested I buy and use a dry head cleaner and a brand new tape, and switched from channel 4 to channel 3 for watching the tapes but the problem has not been fixed. Suggestions???

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  • Oell Feb 24, 2008

    Same problem, picture flips when palying tapes recored on the machine. Tracking adjustement and cleaning does not help.

    Same problem appears when playing tapes taped elsewhere, but stops after short time and pci stabilizes. Problem was not always there

  • Rattelk Mar 23, 2008

    While watching a video, we put it on pause to leave the room for a few moments. When we returned and tried to resume watching, we were only able to see snow, or faint horizontal bars. Sound is fine. Tried dry head cleaner to no avail. What can I do?

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All tapes do this, or only ones made on this machine?...accordianman

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I assume you are talking about the tracking control. Older VCRs had a control that allowed you to make adjustments within a narrow range by turning a knob and newer machines have auto-tracking. The adjustment allows very limited adjustment of electronic centering of the read heads over the recorded video track on the tape. The mechanical and electronic alignment of tape head tracking is a precision process that requires specialized alignment tools and a "standard" pre-recorded test tape. These tapes are very expensive and not as precise as one would hope. In addition, like all magnetic tapes, they stretch and must be replaced. The theory is that if multiple VCRs are aligned on the these standard alignment tapes, all machines will then track and reproduce material alike. Unfortunately, there are so many standard tapes in the world with so much variation that things do not always work well. If you cannot get your machine to play a tape recorded on another machine to track correctly, you could take it to a repair man and have him align it, but it is no guarantee it will track all the time on all tapes. That is why the world has moved on to digital recording.

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I have the remote the date etc. programmed OK but how do I set up the actual recorder with undefined


Panasonic are very good at having free PDF copies of user manuals. However if you just want to playback old tapes then all you need do is connect the vcr to a TV and press play. You might need to adjust the tracking using the controls on the remote. But the picture should play. If you see snow on the screen, but can hear sound, then the tape heads will need to be cleaned. You can get a VCR cleaning tape for that.

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I guess you mean a Set Top Box to convert digital TV transmission to old analog TV. Choose the correct video format for your screen.
Ah... Perhaps Your recording at an old standard & passing it to a modern TV or HD TV with the digital output from 1080 HD to 720 or lower still.
OR
Get a Digital Hard Drive recorder.....

The modern way to Record video is to use a Hard Disk Drive Recorder rather than a VCR. They have a built in tuner and can record 2 stations at once and have a built in Electronic Program Guide. The EPG info is transmitted with the Digital TV transmission from the broadcaster.
I bought one 2 weeks ago for an old 85yo friend so he could record late night stuff and play back later. He still uses the VCR but only for old VHS Tape playback. It was a TEAC HDR9650TS Digital Video Recorder and I picked it up new for Aus$188.
Here are the unit features
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DVB-T Twin Digital Turners
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2.5" Sata Hard disk: 500GB
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Video on my Sony VCR (SLV-780HF) goes gray after playing a tape a few seconds. What could be the problem?


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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Hi On my Pansonic DMR-EZ49V, I get distortion along the bottom of the screen when playing back vhs tapes that have been recorded on an older machine, I have adjusted the tracking but it has made no...


This is a real bad problem to solve. Unless your new video has been set up badly, there's little you can do. You see it's like this either your old machine was set up badly or your new one was! To get your new one to play back the old ones would require the aligniment to be reset to the old machine settings. However when you put a new machine previous recording in - that would now badly track. A new recording (made after the adjustment) played back would be ok though.
The only way you can tell if the new machine is set up right is by putting in a commercial film video tape. If that tracks badly it has been set up wrong.
I can say this however Panasonic VCR's have a reputation of being set up well and good at tracking videos. So if it can't track the old video tape it might be well out of alignment, especially if it is not a Pansonic model.
If the old machine is still working, it would be best to play it back and re-record with the new machine.
Otherwise you would have to carry out an alignment - play back the tape and re-align back to the correct setting.

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VHS won't play correctly - no picture, muffled low voices


Several things.
Check the tape, by opening the cover, to see if the tape is damaged. Look for signs of crinkling at the edges. This is often caused by the roller being worn on one of the VCR.
If it's damaged there's not a lot you can do.
If there's no damage try taking it out of the cassette box and fitting it in a new 'good make' blank tape tape box, discard the new tape in it. Still no good?
Next step, is the tape a movie/tv made by a commercial company. Or a recording on a blank tape?
Did it ever play? (if a movie) if not suspect a pirate tape report seller to FACT.
If a blank tape, try recording on a blank section. If that doesn't work and your video will record on other blank tapes. The tape has something wrong with it.
Some video recorders will play tapes with bad problems IE bad tracking, that others refuse to play, but you will either have to find one owned by a friend or buy one with that claim.

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Picture rolls and the tracking is off.


do the heads need cleaning? sounds like the heads are seriously out of alignment? take off the vcr cover get a philip scrdrv. put tape in. and play. theres an AC head just to the right of the drumhead. jiggle it around gently. u may have to adjust those 3 screws (precison) to put it back in proper adjustmant. also take the tapes u used in that vcr. open the top flap and inspect. are there marks? is there a line going the bottom portion of the tape. if so , it definitely is out of alignment.

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Try cleaning the heads, but it seems like the heads may be faulty, you might need to replace the vcr, they don't cost much these days, the repair might cost more than a new vcr these days.

heres a cheap headcleaner, look for one at local shops, wallmart bestbuy and so on
http://www.pcconnection.com/IPA/Shop/Product/Detail.htm?sku=7632166&oext=1038A&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=7632166

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