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Mark Zoromski Posted on Mar 30, 2007
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Pretend record issue

We have nine Panasonic AG-DVC7 cameras in an educational setting. All are relatively new, purchased in 2004 and 2005. Six of the nine cameras are now exhibiting the same record problem, one that Panasonic claims it has never heard of. In a nutshell, the camera "pretends" it's recording. The timecode in the viewfinder is advancing, and we can hear the tape turning. But when we get back from the field there is nothing on the tape. It's happened so many times to so many different student crews on so many different cameras that I have long ago ruled out "user error." Or repair person is stumped, and Panasonic is of no help. They first blamed it on our tapes, until I told them we use only Panasonic professional quality mini-dv tapes. No other brand name tape has ever been loaded into the camears. Anyone ever encounter this problem? It's the worst you can imagine, really -- the students go out on their news shoots, everything looks fine, then they get back and there's nothing on the tape.

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  • trifectaus Apr 01, 2008

    This is my 2nd PV GS500 replacement after the original and they ALL have the same recording problem. The tracking always starts at 0h00m00s00f and advances as I record. However, when I play it back, it loses the tracking and resets to 0h00m00s00f with no video. I've put in blank tapes, ff to end, and rewound, only to have the same problem arise. Should have gotten a Sony, never had any problems with them!

  • jbkeph126 Nov 24, 2008

    Same exact problem.

  • nelsonjlox3 Apr 03, 2009

    I just started to have the same problem on my panasonic pv-gs320 it was fine until yesterday but today I tried to play a tape and is not showing anything it gives this reading 0h00m00s00f
    I change to a new tape,recorded in this tape and then it shows 5 blue lines
    on the screen ,but I still not able to watch any other tape.



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I had this with a Panasonic once, but it was in cold conditions after having gone into a warm moist cafe atmosphere. The condensation that formed on the head was enough to prevent the signal getting to tape, but not enought to set off the condensation detector.

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I've had this happen with a Panasonic when I went back out into the cold after going into a warm, humid cafe for lunch. The drum had picked up some condensation, but the condensation detector didn't shut down the camera.

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I have repaired several AG-DVC7 cameras with this "pretend record" problem. The most common fault is a dirty connection on the flex cable connecting to the video heads. Disassembly of the camera is necessary to access and clean the connector, but the repair seems to be permanent -- I haven't seen the same camera more than once for this repair.

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I have had several of these cameras with this "pretend record" problem. they have all been caused by a dirty connection at the flexible cable connecting to the video heads. this cable is internal to the camera; a good reair tech will be able to handle it.

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Dear sir, Please Check with pre-recorded cassatten (play). In Pre-recorded casstte also no picture is not ok means clean video head with head cleaning cassatte. Then check play with pre recorded cassttee. And check record with new cassatte. Udupi. M/s.Prathiksha Electronics

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