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Tape stuck in uvw1800 beta cam sp

Help, I cant get the tape out of the deck. Can someone help me?

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  • Anonymous Feb 26, 2008

    small beta tape stuck in uvw-1800. HOW DO I GET IT OUT?!?!??

  • raerae28 Nov 26, 2008

    I have a tape stuck in a betacam sp bvw-75.

    How do I eject the tape?


  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    I keep getting an error 3 on my PVW 2800p beta cam deck. I understand that the error is: The slack or breaking of the tape is detected in recording or playback mode, or either of the lock of the supply or take-up reel is detected, and then tape protection is done. Does that mean I need to take it in for a service or is there something I can do in the office to solve the problem?


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Use menu system to access "manual eject". Hold left arrow key and press menu to access menu. Follow from there.

Posted on Mar 27, 2008

  • Video Horst Jun 04, 2013

    2013 and this is still helpful. cheers from germany... and yes we will produce HD too....soon... i guess ;-)


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I hate SONY, every piece of equipment I've bought from them always lets me down from mini DV tapes in the store, to Beta SP tapes, to UVw1800 decks. I've gone through every process in the menu, and nothing helped get the tape out. The last message was "Turn the power off and remove the cassette compartment while holding the lid of the cassette open." Once again, I HATE SONY WITH A PASSION. I removed the lid, unscrewed the screws. The tape compartment moved around a little, but I'm not yanking the thing out at risk of breaking something causing even worse damage. Fidgeted with it some more and to no avail I could not remove the stupid tape compartment. I finally went back to the menu section, found my way to CASS-COMPARTMENT , selected that and it ejected my tape by ripping apart the tape reel. I don't know whether to take a sledge hammer do this deck, or get ripped off from some **** techincal shop charging more money for what its worth to fix the miserable peace of . . . equipment.

Posted on Aug 22, 2011

One of your reel motors died. Most likely the takeup side. If You can't get the tape out by the menu solution, remove the top panel, unthread the tape by rotating the loading motor which is in the rear right corner towards yourself. If the tape doesn't spool back into the
cassette by now you need to do this by using the menu. If you find the "cassette motor" check you might be able to use that to use the one functioning cassette motor to get the tape reeled in to the cassette. Pay attention to the arm that swings out in the middle in front of the drum. It's the "tension arm" and it tends to hang up after about 10 years when the grease in it hardens. If you see that happen the cure could be manually pulling it back while the tape unthreads. Oiling that joint afterwards could keep
it from happening again.

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