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My Sony fx 1000 keeps telling me head cleaning I have run a cleaning tape through it a few times but the message keeps coming If I switch to VCR then back to camera it allows me to film but as soon as I stop recording I have to switch to VCR again then back to camera before I can record again please help

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This is most likely caused by a damaged or misaligned video drum and can usually be repaired fairly inexpensively. However, it’s not a user serviceable problem and will need to be repaired by a qualified service technician.

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