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Playback Problems When playing back footage, screen wide horizontal blocks appear on the screen. I think it has something to do with setting the recording speed to LP which I must have done without realising. When I record and playback in SP it's fine I've got some footage I realy want to keep; does anyone know how I can get it onto my PC and actually watch it normally? I am conneted with firewire and everything works ok, I get the same results as above once downloaded though. Again downloads SP fine. Is there a special format I need to use when downloading? All help most gratefully received Carl

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  • Carl Egan Aug 19, 2007

    Tried a cleaning cassette, but still have the same problem!!! also noticed the following:-
    During playback, I have the screen wide horizontal blocks appear, what I actually recorded is playing between them with intermittent sound. However, the horizontal blocks show a picture through the lens with the lens cap on. I can see the distintive oval shape inside the lens cap!!! Every now and then, RO:56 appears just below the top left corner.
    Any information gratefully received.



  • lyn4000 Jan 13, 2008

    I have same problem as stated above...please advise of solution?



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Heads may be worn ( LP suffers , more ) but try cleaning cassette , first ;

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i Jasdeep working in superb broadcast as an lengineer .and for this problem i can suggest u the following things :
1. Play back the cleaning tape for 10 sec. only then use it.

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Wide bands in the playback video indicate a clogged or defective video head assembly. If your cleaning tape appears to resolve the problem, the heads are getting contaminated. I would not use the same tape in this unit. Try cleaning the heads and then use a brand new tape to avoid clogging the drum assy again. If this does not resolve the problem, the drum assembly will have to be replaced. Hope this helps. Joe Weibel

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