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MiniDV camcorder. Hello I have a video camera question. I was showing my videos on the tv to my family. I powered off when we were done and the next day I went to view them again and the camera told me to reset it. I did that but everytime i tried to play the video it would say reset. So I looked into it and i was told that the camera was not going to work. So the next day I went and bought another MiniDV camcorder and tried viewing my video on that camera and it won't let me view any video on my new camera either. I have tried several different tapes that i know there is video on them. Can anyone help me out? Thanks

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  • lisagersh Mar 20, 2008

    I have used a Sony DCR-HC21, Panasonic pv-gs320, and also a dcr-hc52. My newest camera is the dcr-hc52. I have not even recorded anything on this camera i have just tried viewing my old videos on it. I'm kind of panicking because I have a lot of tapes and they will not view thru the camera or the TV. It was the panasonic that i was using when it said to reset and I did and it didn't fix the problem.

  • lisagersh Mar 20, 2008

    I don't have any blank tapes at the moment. I had rewound the tapes that was in the camera so I didn't want to tape over anything. So could the camera be corrupting my tapes? If so are they lost forever? I haven't downloaded any of them. I've been using composite.

  • lisagersh Mar 21, 2008

    I went and bought some blank tapes last night. I tried recording on my new camera and it seems like it is recording but when I go to play it back there is nothing on the screen. The counter counts when I'm recording but when I go to play it back the counter just stays with lines on it.

  • lisagersh Mar 21, 2008

    On my brand new camera I am now receiving a message that the heads need to be cleaned. How is that possible I just bought this camera two days ago and haven't even used it other than to try and view my old tapes. I did look in the manual and it does say that the camera is NTSC capable.

  • lisagersh Mar 21, 2008

    Do you think my old video tapes are ruined? If they are making the heads of my video camera dirty does that mean my tapes are ruined?

  • lisagersh Mar 21, 2008

    Thanks for your help. I did try and clean the camera with some compressed air. It did work and my old video is still there but after changing tapes I still had the same problem. So I would assume there is dirt on the tapes. My local store did not have a head cleaner so I will have to order one online. Thank you again for your help.

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Hi,

Pls, can you post back on the specific brand and model of the MiniDV camcorder. Additionally, could you add info what camera(s) were used to record "several different tapes that i know there is video on"

This is of course not a solution but a request for more information.

Good luck and kind regards.

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    Louie Role Mar 20, 2008

    Sorry The Machine to have doubled up. Guess you posted while I was composing. Cheers.

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    Louie Role Mar 21, 2008

    Hi again,

    and with the indulgence of The Machine,

    I don't think any of your previous tapes were erased.

    However, to my knowledge your new Sony DCRHC52 Mini DV Handycam is a PAL only, whereas the Sony DCR-HC21 and Panasonic PV-GS320 MiniDV Camcorders were both PAL/NTSC capable.

    That being the case, it is very probable that all your previous tapes were recorded using the NTSC mode (which is the standard in US). This of course will not play in a PAL only device (such as the new Sony DCRHC52). The PAL standard is commonly used in Europe and Australia.

    Corrective procedure would call for the use of a NTSC/PAL MiniDV Camcorder or at the very least an NTSC one.

    Additionally, should you be going this route (replacing with an NTSC capable MiniDV Camcorder), may I suggest that you pls bring along one of your old tapes to verify playback capability.





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    Louie Role Mar 21, 2008

    Appreciate the additional information.

    There is of course the possibility that it is just might be that, dirty video heads. If you used the camera to rewind the old tapes, then possibly, dirt and other foreign materials might have transferred from the old tapes to the video of the new camera.

    Am not sure if tape head cleaner of the size are available in your area but what could be done is to manually clean the video heads. Manual cleaning involves the use of a clean strip of paper held against the video head while the head is rotated manually. Please see http://www.studiosoundelectronics.com/vc..." target="_blank" rel="nofollow" >image below.

    Of course, it would rather be a tight squeeze since the camera is small. You can probably figure out a way to do this without removing the casing/cover.

    Alternately, you can try a long reach cotton buds to clean the actual heads which would be small indentations with a thin lip somewhere along the rotating drum. Additionally, a can of low pressure compressed air could also do the job.

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    Louie Role Mar 21, 2008

    No, maybe a bit moldy, dusty or something like that but they do last longer. To prevent future incidence of the same, perhaps you can purchase a simple tape rewinder appropriate to the size of your tapes. If you did purchase the can of compressed air, the same can be applied to the inside of the tapes to clean them as well.

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    Louie Role Mar 22, 2008

    You are more than welcome. Glad to be of assistance.

    Would appreciate if you can rate the solution offered as how you see it fit.

    Thank you too.

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Have you tried recording new video to a new tape and trying to play it? Your old tapes could have become corrupt.

What brand/model of camera do you have? What type of connection are you using to the TV? Composite or S-Video?

Thanks.

Posted on Mar 20, 2008

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    Dean Joly Mar 25, 2008

    The NTSC/PAL mixup does make a lot of sense. Not sure how things are panning out in Europe but if you live there you should stick to PAL and if you are in North America you should stick to NTSC.



    It also makes sense that the heads were dirty in your old camera but is very odd that your new camera is reporting dirty heads. I would have your dealer replace it if you are concerned.

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