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There are black lines across the video when I play it back or record. I purchased the mini DV head cleaner.

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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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