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My audio from the mic is cutting in and out when i play tape back

The audio is cutting in and out whenever I play tape backwhat settings should i have the camera set to and what may be problem if that is not it

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  • phil1313 Jun 24, 2008

    where do find windblock setings?

  • phil1313 Jun 24, 2008

    Ii has been pixelating and I have had issues with it not cleaning appropriately....has this been an issue you have seen in the past (dirty audio heads creating havok with the audio?) I did a fire safety video wit wireless mics a few days ago and they seemed to work better but not flawless the audio cut out less ....but when using the attached mic (I suppose it is the canon xlr mic it really cuts in and out...so I guess the answer has been yes I have had issues with dirty heads and the people that used the head cleaner last actually recorded on it rather than just cleaning it by pressing play. so what I am thinking correct me me if you know a better way is clean the heads with a brand new tape? Is there an alternative? A better way to get it cleaned? Thanks for your time!

  • phil1313 Jun 24, 2008

    Thanks Bubba ...I will let you know this evening what happens with it ...I plan on goin' to "B Buy" and pickin up the long wooden Q tips ...and a tape cleaner...if that desn't work is there a cheaper alternative to buying a seperate recorder for sound...how can I do this also any methods for cleaning? which is audio one? Is it the one that looks like in a regular tape deck? and is the round silver cylinder the video play head?
    I really apreciate the help
    Also what buttons or switches should be turned on for just the front mic (the correct settings ...this is just a cautionary thing)


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There could be a short in the mic wire. Does that camera have wind block settings for the mic? If so either turn them on or turn them off. See if that works.

Posted on Jun 24, 2008

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  • Tim Babcock
    Tim Babcock Jun 24, 2008

    I was just looking at the owners manual here. I thought they had wind block circuit on the boom mic like the some Canon cameras have. I have questions here:



    Are you using the boom mic to record off of or are you using an XLR mic?



    Another thing you can try to do is run a DV tape cleaner in the tape heads and see if that cleans the audio heads.

  • Tim Babcock
    Tim Babcock Jun 24, 2008

    You try taking some qtips and some alcohol and running them across the tape heads as well as the rubber take up rollers. See if that make a difference.

  • Tim Babcock
    Tim Babcock Jun 24, 2008

    You can you use for any tape deck whether its video or audio. Make sure the power when you use it.



    Good luck.



  • Tim Babcock
    Tim Babcock Jun 25, 2008

    Theres a lot of buttons on that camera. I didn't see anything that turned it off. I think the front mic gets turned off if you plug in an XLR mic in the back jack.



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