Distorted video on playback...bad tape or dirty camcorder video heads?

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 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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  2. Hello,
    The cleaning tape should be used as little time as possible.
    Usually a couple of tens of seconds. Not longer!
    And never rewind it back and reuse.
    My camcorder is in usage for the time period of five years and never saw
    any cleaning tape.

    No, it is the same.

    Honestly said, it seems to me the problem is not your heads are just dirty.
    And if yes, they are pretty much dirty (tape "road" included) and then
    the cleaning tape is out of any usage.
    A GOOD service man is needed.

    As I have heard, there are no stupid questions. Just answers could be.

    Roman Svihorik, Nov 15, 2004
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