Question about Sony Handycam DCR-HC40 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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I'm getting lines and mosaics on the video tape output of my Sony DCR-HC40, and a message on the viewing screen to use a head cleaning cassette. After a minute or so the lines go away and the video is fine. I've never used a head cleaning cassette. Are they any good? When I used to clean the heads on my VHS VCR I used an aerosol spray-on head cleaning solution with a long narrow tube to direct the spray. The kit came with foam tipped cleaning swabs that could be saturated with solution and used to physically clean the heads if the direct spray was not enough. What do you suggest?

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NEVER try and manually clean your heads in your camcorder. The drum assy and heads are much more fragile and easily damaged than that of a VCR. NEVER spray any type of liquid/chemicals in or on your camcorder. A Sony miniDV head cleaning cassette is what you need. There are other brands out there, but Sony is hands-down the best. When using a head cleaner, play it for only 5 to 10 seconds at a time and then try your tape again. If it has improved, but still has problems then play the head cleaner for another 5 to 10 seconds. Hope this has helped. www.austintelstarservices.com

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