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Tape noise when playing back videos I can hear the loud noise that is coming from the tape motor.

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  • just153 Jun 26, 2008

    I do not hear that noise when recording. I sent my camcorder for repairs and they've replaced the drum. Still hear the noise. Canon explained that all vh20 are like that.

  • Alex Libes May 11, 2010

    Do you hear the same noise when you are recording?

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Yes, all of the hv20's have this problem. My suggestion is to use an external shotgun microphone and attach this to the hotshoe. This minimizes the tape motor noise. Azden sells one on amazon.com that I bought for $60 that sounds much better.

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