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Canon GL2 mini DV Camcorder

No matter what DV Cassette tape I use, from least expensive to $8-10 tapes, I get some distortion of the image on 10-20% of the left side.  I would describe the distortion as "pixelation" for lack of a better adjective.  Small "blocks" appear, intermittently that distort the image.  I tried cleaning the heads with a Panasonic dry-type head cleaner but saw no change.  Any ideas?  Do I need to send the camera for repair?
Sam Kulp   shkulp@comcast.net

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  • shkulp Jul 02, 2008

    It was the answer I was expecting but I guess I was hoping that a suggestion or two would be made concerning something I might be able to do that might eliminate the need to send it for repair.

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The problem has to be in the heads, they may need a more comprehensive cleaning or replacement.

Yes I would take it toa repair man to be checked.

Posted on Jun 26, 2008

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Well it seems that the recording head was damaged or in the stage that it was not functioning normally, the best way is to replace the recording head of the device..

Posted on Jun 26, 2008

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    micromaster Jun 26, 2008

    Check the tape path for
    contamination, especially the pinch roller and the capstan. The
    capstan should be a clean silver post. If there is buildup on the
    capstan, clean it off. Also check the pinch roller for any
    abnormalities. Check for any advance arms that are not working
    correctly. If these things check out and the problem still persists,
    then it's possible that the tape guideposts are out of adjustment.
    Readjust both guideposts until the problem goes away. Test
    adjustments by playing a variety of tapes with good recordings to test
    tracking ability. Readjust if necessary. If optimum adjustment
    is achieved, secure the adjustments to prevent drifting.

  • micromaster
    micromaster Jun 26, 2008

    Hope this initial info/idea, helps you
    let us know..

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