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Black stripes with Panasonic NV GS320

I bought the NV GS320 a few months ago and used it for a trip in the US in January. I did not get any warning of 'Need Head Cleaning' and got all my filming ruined with black stripes. I am absolutely outraged with this Panasonic and I promise myself to inform the maximum of people about this issue. I barely used it before this trip and don't understand how heads can get dirty so easily.. Can anyone tell me if it exist a solution to get of the stripes? The Operating Instructions Manual does not really insist on it. They just advise on changing the tape ! Franckly, what's the need to get a 3CCD + OIS +Leica lense if it ruined by a major (and stupid) weakness in the camcorder...I though I should share this...Phil

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  • foxesrus Mar 16, 2008

    I have a panasonic NV GS11 camcorder and get black horizontal lines on playback and when trying to record. I have tried cleaning the heads but the problem still exists. Any solution would be appreciated.

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2008

    I purchased my NV-GS15 in 2004 with no problems for first 12 months but there after it showed black lines 90% of the time. Knowing it was cleaning head related I had the camera checked all over and the heads professionally cleaned at an over all cost of $140. When you add this to the $1000 r.r.p at time of purchase you can understand my astonishment when told that "it's to be expected as all

    video camera's are now made as disposable camera's" by the repairer. Sad to say the professional head cleaning worked for only 2 weeks!! I originally noticed the stripes started after using the camera in high heat weather, just wondering if this could be related to the cause?

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2008

    Can I just suggest to Phil29 that you try your tapes in another compatible camera and duplicate them from it as you may find the tapes are fine, its only while in your camera they have black lines. I found this the case with some of my tapes. Hope it works!

  • roch08 Mar 27, 2008

    Phil29, can I suggest you try your tapes in another compatible camera and duplicate them from it as your tapes may be unaffected. I found that some of my tapes are fine, its the camera that causes the black lines. Hope this works for you!


  • Oaklands Nov 09, 2008

    This started happening a year after purchase, only cure I have found to work is fast forward to near end of tape press record for a few seconds then go back to the beginning. After doing this check that it is recording without the lines and you will be ok for a while this has been an excellent camcorder for 3 years now but I suspect the head is failing!

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"a little tap on the bottom of the camera solve the problem of the black strips..."
I know for sure a little **** in *** solves definitly black strips trouble, please give a try.

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When I get black stripes, I record for a few seconds and then when I play back - no stripes!

I also have a problem where the camera will not recognise a tape with video on it has anything recorded.... treats it like it is blank. When that happens I use Yossi's solution and give a tap. Miraculously it registered the recording on the tape and will play back.

Its annoying that so many silly little tricks are required to get basic usage out of a well-taken-care-of camera! My friend has an ancient sony that is big and heavy but takes wonderful video and has never had a fault in its life. I don't think electronics are getting better... they are getting more disposable.

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You probably need to replace the heads. I have the same issue but find that there are makeshift solutions until I buy a HDD camcorder:

  • take tape out and reinsert
  • use head cleaner tape
  • record a very small part over the original tape; i find that this "resets" the lines or complete darkness
If your gonna do the last one, do it at the end of the tape, where its less likely to interfere. Sorry can't help more. You might at worst need to replace the head, which costs more than the camera probably damn it!

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Ok. so I have notice that a little tap on the bottom of the camera solve the problem of the black strips...

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Take a thin artist's painting brush and brush the play/record drum head(shiny silver angled barrel with grooves) making sure to brush in the grooves while turning it with the brush.Blow into the compartment when finished to get rid of the dust or particles that have fallen off the record/play head. I did this and the four black horizontal stripes on my JVC miniDV camcorder disappeared.

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