Now and them my JVC tape will stick in the rollers of the camera. It has done it on both high and low speed rewine. I have not yet broken the tape but it does get all bent up. I 'm having a hard time making DVD's. HELP!!
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Re: Tape gets stuck in camera
I am not a video repairer by trade. Everything I have
learnt has been through my own trial and error. I am trying to share
what I have learnt in this article. . I have tried to fix 3
videos and had complete success with each of them.
It is possible that your video could be damaged as you take it apart
to look at it. It would be worth first trying it out on a video you
don’t care much for, before you try to fix your wedding video. There
are companies that will repair videos and re-spool them. The costs are
high so weigh up if this is right for you. I can’t see what the pros
would do differently.
Video tapes are a fairly basic design which lets the repair be
fairly primitive and basic also. The main reason for this article is to
show you how to get the tape back into one piece. Dissection:
Pulling apart a video is fairly easy. Putting it back together is
the tricky bit. In fact, fixing the tape itself is easy too. I am
hopeful that the dissection pictures will help you put it back together
to its original state.
Looking at a video tape from the outside, there is not much to it.
There is a flap which can be opened by pushing the button near it. This
will expose the tape. The only other thing that we can do with the
casing is cover or uncover the read write tab. More on this later. You
may want to remove the label from the spine before you begin because it
is likely to be torn in half. There are 5 screws on the underside of
the tape, but that’s just the beginning. You need to take caution here
as the casing will come apart, but so will all the little pieces which
are a pain to return to their original location. Ensure you keep the
underside on a flat surface to keep the pieces in place. Pay attention
to where the pieces came from as your reference for later.
As you can see, there is nothing too complicated about a VHS tape. Lets take a closer look.
left guide has two rollers in it, which the tape travels between.
Normally, one will be plastic and the other metal. It is important to
ensure these guides are in the right places. These rollers will often
fall out as you open up a tape.
The right guide has only one roller which is fairly self explTape gets stuck in camera - flap_20spring.pngimg src="http://i.fixya.net/uploads/images/flap_20spring.png" alt="flap_20spring.png" class="h_mi" />
The flap spring is a little trickier to attach. It slides onto the
plastic pole and the short bent wire wraps around the clip. The longer
end sits in the groove of the flap.
The most complicated part of the tape is the lock mechanism in the
middle of the tape. This is often the culprit of a jammed tape.
It is hard to figure out how all these little pieces work together.
You should end up being able to move the trigger backwards and forwards
and have all tTape gets stuck in camera - machanism_20pulled.pnganeously.
Both of the springs wrap around poles and the left and right side
mirror each other. There are various designs that are used for this,
but the theory is the same. You want to be able to move the centre
piece and the other two will spring it back into place. Repairing a broken tape:
There is nothing glamorous about repairing a snapped tape. We see
videos of directors splicing tape and sticking it back together in the
movies. The theory is the same, only we are going to use bog standard
It is best to use the finest tape you can find. The video is
unlikely to play where the tape is, but it should make its way through
the player to the next readable section of tape.
Make sure you place sticky tape on on both sides of the tape rather
than wrapping it around, as this will cause friction. If it is broken
at the start or end of the tape, you have the luxury to be a bit more
generous with the tape. You may need to fold some of the sticky tape to
hold it onto the spool. This is fine as the normal pressure from the
VCR will keep it taut.
Put the casing back together and put in the screws and see how you went.
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The unit needs cleaning, especially the feed roller. You can do it yourself- there are articles that explain how on the net, but you have to be extremely careful not to damage the tape heads, so if you've never done it, have someone how knows how. A vcr needs cleaning about every 6 months, and depending on camera usage, maybe yearly. Hope this helps.
In the case there is no DRUM FG input in the
drum rotation mode for 4 seconds or more. This
error is defined as [E04], and the mechanism
mode is shifted to STOP with the pinch roller
1. The drum cannot be started or drum rotation is stopped
because tape transport load is too high.
1) Tape tension is extremely high.
2) The tape is damaged or soiled with grease, etc.
2. The DRUM FG signal is not received by the syscon
1) Disconnection in the middle of the signal line.
2) Failure of the DRUM FG pulse generator (hall element).
3. No drum control voltage is supplied to the MDA.
4. No power is supplied to the DRUM MDA.
clean all brown oxide off capstan roller with 70% alcohol and Q-tip. Its the skinny silver axle that the rubber roller comes into contact with when the tape loads. This is what pulls the tape through the transport. also clean heads with head cleaner tape. If your head is dirty, the tape will wrap itself around the drum and cause a transport error.
I have the same model of camera and the same problem has occurred after two years of use. I am not sure why it happens but checking on other web sites, it may have to do with tape tension and the brand of tape. Up to now, I was using Sony and JVC tapes which worked fine but a recent purchase of TDK tapes seems to have caused this problem.
My fix was to take the tape out and then manually wind the tape a couple of turns by inserting one flat blade screwdriver in the tape lock tab (bottom middle of tape case) and using another to wind the tape. This appeared to fix the tape tension and after loading it back in, the tape and the camera worked fine.
As Mark correctly points out the tape has probably got caught in the mechanism, If its not coming free, cut the tape, Its damaged anyway and shouldn't be used. and it should slip out of the camera easily, Just pulling it may cause expensive damage to the heads.
Also be consider it may happen again as this will happen if the take up clutch is worn or there is something sticky got into the mechanism off a tape or through spillage, it would be wise to get the camera serviced or at least use a unimportant tape to thoroughly test the camera before using again.
if you decide to test...
Look through the tape window you may see that the right hand spool isn't turning, the most likely problem is the idler assembly or take up clutch needs replacing.
But if the take up spool is going backwards there may be something sticky on the capstan or pinch roller, cleaning both with isopropyl alcohol (as a cleaning tape wont work) should help but I would recommend having the whole tape path cleaned, this will involve removing the cameras cover
post a note if you MUST recover the recording, its possible but not recommended and must be done with great care
I thought this was a camera issue, but it ended up being a tape issue. So it shouldn't matter if you have the same model of the JVC mini camcorder as I did or not. Anyway, the tape has a tab that "locks" the tape to keep from recording over it accidently. I moved that tab and it started working. If your tape is stuck in the camera, you may have lost the tape already. Try to get it out of the camera without damaging the tape or the camera...more importantly the camera. You may have to take it to a professional to prevent damage. If you get it out undamaged, check to see if the tape is locked or not. Move the tab and try the tape in the camera again (unless you're afraid of it getting stuck again). In that case, try it in another camera. That's how I discovered that this was a tape issue rather than a camera issue...because I tried the same tape in a different camera and got the same error message. Don't despair if your tape comes out with part of it sticking out or crumpled, as long as it's not broken, you can salvage it. Even if it's broken, you can probably salvage the majority of the tape by taping it back together (call a professional, you may need special tape for this), just don't touch any of the undamaged tape or pull it out of the cassette too far and all you will lose is the damaged portion. I actually couldn't see the tab well enough to tell if it was in locked or unlocked mode since it's so tiny and my close-up vision is getting blurry, but I moved the tab to opposite of what it was and that seemed to do the trick. My mistake was in trying to save money with the cheaper tapes...next
time I'll spend a little extra for the better tapes to avoid all this
headache. Hope this helped. Have a great day!
there should be a 800 number to call
as the operator for a the number support JVC.
you can go to there site www.jvc.com (i think)there you can find a local support repair shop.
you can a chance open look inside real hard to see if something pop out of place in it.
i know it stick a lot, me and my aunt have both JVC Camcorders my is a older model her's is a newer one.
i would seek out a support center who work on them, seek out JVC and see if there a local repair center in your area
It may need to be cleaned. Mechanical problems are one of the big problems with VCRs they use alot of mechanical moving parts and play for so long they fail. Plastic parts dont help much either. The pinch roller takes up the slack and is usualy the part that fails first because it constantly runs along the tape and builds a coating on the rubber so it doesnt grip the tape and pull it back into the cassette. If its not pulling the tape back in then it hangs up inside and you cant get the tape out. Fastforward uses the reels to pull the tape not so much the roller.
Try and stop 2 times then fast forward then eject the tape. Try and eject the tape while its fastforwarding so it doesnt do anything else.
Sometimes machines will unload after its been in fastforwad a while then it will eject. You will hear a change in the sound when it unloads, you can hear the mechanical arms move the tape in and out of the cassette. Thats when you eject it. You cant really clean it till you get the tape out.
YOu can clean the pinch roller with fingernail polish or paint remover. It is a wheel inside it looks like a black tire. It pinches the tape against the capstan arm this is why it developes a film or a shine on the rubber making it slip.