Distorted video on playback...bad tape or dirty camcorder video heads? - i forgot something else

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by g wills, Nov 15, 2004.

  1. g wills

    g wills Guest

    I've got a canon zr60 that i have used frequently. I taped a football
    game the other night. When I got home to play the video, it ran good
    for about 15 minutes, then the video came distorted. Since I knew
    that i had been a while since the heads had been cleaned, i cleaned
    using a canon head cleaner tape. The video was a little been (it
    would run for about 20 minutes before it became distorted). I ran the
    head cleaner tape again and it didn't seem to help. I played another
    tape and it played without problems. I played the tape (game) in my
    friends camcorder and it played almost perfectly.

    Since the tape played in my friends camcorder, does this mean that the
    video heads are still dirty? How many times in a row can you run the
    cleaning tape?

    Also, when you run the cleaning tape, you have to play the tape. Does
    this clean the video heads only for playback, or is there something
    different for recording.

    sorry if these questions are stupid, but i'm not computer/electronic

    g willis
    g wills, Nov 15, 2004
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