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No video play back

It seams that my player does not play the recorded video that was on the tape. I wolud use another camera that used the sametape and it would play. but not in the dcr-hc38. All I get is the blue screen.

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Hello,
Video head of your camera got dirty/ clogged. use good quality video head cleaning cassette to clean it ;)

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