I have a JVC HR-DVS3U mini-dv/SVHS deck that doesn't seem to be recognizing the timecode on any tapes I put in it. What could cause this? I moved the deck and disconnected the firewire recently. My computer can recognize and control the deck, but there doesn't seem to be any timecode on the tape - the tapes will play back in a camcorder, and I've had to resort to using one to capture all my video. Help!
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internal misalignment causes the tape to mount incorrectly, grabbing and eating the tape. must find a repair facility to realign. do not attempt yourself as the internal mechanisms are so delicate it is easy to cause another problem
super vhs tapes has an extra hole on the side where you lift the flap to see the tape the pin inside the machine must be stuck.I have had no problems with this as i have jvc super vcr s as they are great machines also take the lid off and clean the heads around the drum see how you go.
If the problem only shows with Mini DV tapes, it can be a tape guide issue or a mchanism loading problem where the tape is not being properly "seated" into the tape mechanism. You will need to use an oscilloscope to look at the RF waveform coming off the tape to try and figure out where your problem is.
How it's supposed to work is to get a program that recognizes the camera, then the tape can be captures. Windows Movie Maker never supported it. In fact Microsoft doesn't even support it anymore. They have recommended using Pinncale Studio to work with DV cameras.
Once you install Studio, put the tape in, turn the camera on, Studio will load up.
sounds like a defective cassette housing, but i have seen problems with jvc decks and camera when tdk or maxell tapes were used. the lids on these tapes seem to get stuck in the cassette housings in jvc equipment. jvc even recommends that tdk and maxell tapes be avoided.
time code problems may be the result of tape path alignment, but since you have the same problem with five decks, don't overlook the possibility that the tapes themselves may have defective or non-existent time code. check to make sure the device that recorded the time code isn't malfunctioning.