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Image distortion/mosaic pattern (sometimes) at start of tape

I have been using Panasonic NV-MD9000 mini-DV camcorders for a health communication project in Africa with good results for the past 2+ years. Within the past months, and only now and then, the camera appears to record without any problems, but playback shows a mosaic-type, broken pattern. The problem is pretty clearly NOT dirty heads. The distortion still occurs after heads are cleaned—-and though it only occurs occasionally, it always takes place at the beginning of a tape. The distortion problem stops sometimes if recording is paused and then continued (though it remains on the first section of the tape). We have lost footage because of this. Any suggestions/advice welcome.

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  • supercock Jan 23, 2009

    hi all

    i m from india. and i m a wedding videographer.i m using Panasonic MD9000.i bought as a new one and using it for last 2 yrs.i have the same problem that while recording there was no problem at all...but during play back...i have some equal spaced horizontal mosaic pattern..but the audio is good....i hav cleaned the head using head cleaner cassette....but the problem remains...when i used some other cassette recorded in other camera there was no problem.....and also when i checked the cassette recorded in my camera in some other camera.....some cameras shows the same problem......but some of them shows no problem.....i get confused...i think there was no problem like head blocking because when i used a prerecorded cassette there was no problem....but when i used a fresh one ......there it comes.........can any one help me in this

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This is a proper maintenance job. I know exactly what you are talking about and your comment about pausing and then it works sometimes confirms in my mind at least, that this is an issue with the mechanism for turning over. It happens through general use, but can be prevented by conservative use of the pause button when playing back. In my experience, the pause button is used rather than switching off, when logging....dont know if this is true on your end but I hope it helps in some way.

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