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The best way to clean a video head is to remove the top outer cover, then you can spray the head with Servisol Video 40. You can also spray the audio/control head at the same time. You can get Servisol from electrical shops and also online (image below).

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The most common cause of this is dust, debris or contamination on the heads.

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Also, try to avoid recording over the cassette too many times, as the quality will sometimes degrade each time.

An example of the Dry tapes are the Panasonic ones (Myself and other Pro Videographers often use Panasonic Prof, Studio or Master Quality tapes, as these are some of the better quality Dry tapes on the market).

As your XL2 is a Pro Camcorder, I recommend you stick with Studio quality (or higher) cassettes.

See this link for Dry DV tapes: http://cgi.ebay.com/Panasonic-mini-DV-digital-video-cassette-AY-DVM63SQ-5pk-/170645949017?pt=US_Camcorder_Tapes_Discs&hash=item27bb4a8a59

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See this link for Head Cleaner cassette: http://cgi.ebay.com/MiniDV-mini-DV-Panasonic-Head-Cleaner-Cleaning-Tape-/220683036059?pt=US_Camcorder_Tapes_Discs&hash=item3361bbe59b


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The best way to clean a video head is to remove the top cover and Spray the heads (both video head and audio/control heads) with Servisol Video 40 see image below. Just let it dry up (which wont take long) and that should do the trick. If you spot some nasty bits of dirt, spray a cotton bud and wipe it away.
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