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Eating Tape when rewinding in vcr mode

When the camera is in vcr mode it shows eject tape. When I reload the tape and I try to rewind or forward tape it goes really fast and eats it.

Posted by Sangeet Tuladhar on

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  • jstefano Dec 10, 2007

    on taping the camera said to remove the cassette and once on rewinding it said to remove the cassette. Each time the tape had been eaten and broken.

  • shermqua Jul 14, 2008

    I have the same problem with my canon xl1s, with barely any use. I babied it and it ate my tapes.

    Did that work for you?


  • andrewlanham Aug 22, 2008

    I am having the same problem.  Place tape in and shortly thereafter it says remove tape.  Also, if I am lucky and place the tape in it will not play the video in the viewfinder at all. Help! 

  • Lenxa Warna
    Lenxa Warna Mar 03, 2012

    its so simple to do, open the mechanical part, and check the pendulum part, it stuck caused oil mix with the dust, just clean the mechanic.

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Look for a tiny pinhole and insert a pin while powered up to reset the device. if no-go, then the take-up reel needs attention...needs possibly a new or well-cleaned-with-alcohol-swab rubber belt

Posted on May 27, 2007

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