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Posted on Aug 19, 2007


I was video taping outside and i left the cam ra on the table and when i came back was shut off but i still had baterie so i turned it on and i said no disk even tho there was i disk with reecordings on it and hence forth i put some blank ones in but it still wont read it ?

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It is becuse the camcorder will automatically shutoff if there is no use of it in a certain time period, this helps save batterie time and turn on the camcorder and wait for ur videos to loafd then sut it off

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