Tape shows last 5seconds of previous clip before recording next clip
Occasionally when I am getting ready to video tape the tape seems to go back to the last 5 seconds or so and starts playing. It's like I have hit the search button but I know I haven't. It doesn't happen all the time. usually i wait until it's done then start recording or shut the camcorder off and then turn it back on and record. I am on battery power while this happens. any suggestions why this is happening.
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Re: tape shows last 5seconds of previous clip before...
I'm not familiar with your particular model, but many cameras of this type have a "quick review" function that allows you to see what was recorded for the last few seconds to verify that all is well. This is critical in broadcast situations where you only get one shot to get the video. This is a quick way to verify that all is working without having a blank gap in the recording caused by an inaccurate rew/play/stop/rec sequence.
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Don't know about the slow motion, but the noise is usually from dirty heads. Just like a cassette player it needs them cleaned periodically. Dip a Q-tip in rubbing alcohol and rub over the entire path the tape takes. You'll see a little block that actually reads the tape. Thats what you need to clean.
Make sure you eject the tape and remove the battery while the tape drive is open to clean it. Rubbing alcohol dries fast but give it an extra ten minutes and check it again.
Video recorder while the heads were dirty will not change however new video should be clean.
You may also have a bent tape carrier that is putting your video off track. It needs to be pushed or pulled to realign it.
It it's not the cause though, this can make playing back the earlier tapes more difficult since they will read and record in a slightly different part of the tape.
if the camera is not showing recently recorded clips then the problem is fith the recording system, but if you are not able to view the old recorded tapes the there may the simple defect of head getting dirty. a head cleaning tape would solve the problem
try a cleaning tape first - best not to rewind
the cleaning tape because it will put back the
crud previously removed ? into your heads and
guides ( last tape to play is prime suspect ) ;
digital heads wear faster than analog so a
new set of heads is next possibility but if the
cleaning tape works . . . retire your library
soon as possible .