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Auidio drops I was taping my cousins wedding of all things when my audio began to drop out at irregular intervals. The actual video contains no video indications of bad digital information (pixilated frames etc), but the audio track contains quick glitches of silence. These drops began to occur after a few months without using the camera. The audio drops out both when using the camera mic and when using an auxiliary mic. Do these cameras have a history of bad audio connections? Is this a hardware problem? Is it possible to fix on my own?

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While your monitoring the sound when recording it cuts out or while you playback the tape it dropps out? if it's noticed during playback it's one 3 things. the heads are dirty, the tape tension is low or the heads are bad. send it to video tech service in sacramento. that guy is super cool.

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