RCA Video Cameras - Recent Questions, Troubleshooting & Support
Picture rolls on playback
Possible causes: the sync signal head is not recording, there is a mismatch between the capstan motor speed and the video head speed, or one of the sync circuits has a fault. Typically, if the picture rolls up or down, it's a vertical sync problem. A horizontal sync fault or tracking mismatch will cause the picture to tear sideways.
Try cleaning the sync head (one of two heads separate from the video head drum; the other is the audio track head), but don't be surprised if doesn't solve the problem.
RCA CC617 VHS-C...
on Feb 26, 2018
CLASSIC RCA AUTOSHOT VHS CAMCORDER.(DSP3) PROBLEMS
The vhs camcorder has very complex mechanics and hold many traps for the inexperienced.
I suggest you begin by obtaining a standard vhs recorder and remove the cover to expose the interior and then study it. You will find the engineering and interior geography of your camcorder similar.
The round shiny barrel-shaped thing contains the record and playback video heads and the sound head is separate and looks like a larger version of what can be seen in a standard audio cassette recorder.
The interior must be extremely clean, the drive belts in good condition and the clutches and rubber rollers also in good order.
on Nov 16, 2017
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