dead Canon camcorder: how to remove tape

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by polaris220, Jul 26, 2005.

  1. polaris220

    polaris220 Guest

    Hi all, just a few hours ago, in a midst of a recording session my
    battery started to die out with the "change battery pack" msg flashing
    on the LCD. Normally when I attach it to the dc cable through the
    adapter I get a pulsing light indicating the battery is getting
    charged. Well .. nothing happened and even after changing wall outlets,
    checking the connections .. nothing.
    Tomorrow with access to a friend's multimeter, I can check if the
    adapter has gone bad. However there is still the case of a tape with 40
    mins of video sitting inside the camcorder. Is there a way to get the
    tape out manually ???

    My camera is a Canon Optura 10. It bought it exactly 1 yr and 2 weeks
    ago. Amazing ! how it malfunctions just after the warranty period.

    polaris220, Jul 26, 2005
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  2. polaris220

    Alpha Guest

    This happened to me with a different Canon model. Long story short, I had
    to discard the camera or pay $300 to fix it. 1 year and a month old.

    I hope you don't have to trash your camera like I did to get the tape out.
    Alpha, Jul 26, 2005
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  3. "Alpha" wrote ...
    I'm not sure I understand. If the camera said "change battery pack" then why
    don't you just change the battery pack?? Take your spare battery (you do
    have a spare battery don't you?) and just pop it in.

    And even if you don't have a spare battery, and even if the battery you do
    have is not strong enough to actually run the camera .. if you let it sit
    for a while (hours) there may be enough juice to let you open up the tape
    Richard Amirault, Jul 26, 2005
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    Tzortzakakis Dimitrios
    major in electrical engineering, freelance electrician
    FH von Iraklion-Kreta, freiberuflicher Elektriker
    dimtzort AT otenet DOT gr
    Very difficult.A camcorder is a miniature VCR with a camera.On a normal
    sized VCR, there is a dedicated motor, that ejects/inserts the tape, which
    if you operate manually, the tape ejects and you can rewind it manually.This
    can be very difficult in a camcorder.
    Doesn't that ring a bell?
    Dimitrios Tzortzakakis, Jul 26, 2005
  5. polaris220

    Mark W Guest

    If you can get the tape out, I seem to recall that cleaning the heads will
    help with this error - for some reason.
    Mark W, Aug 3, 2005
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