Sony PC9 DV camcorder - audio dropouts

Discussion in 'Sony' started by jonesn, Aug 1, 2005.

  1. jonesn

    jonesn Guest

    I have a Sony DV PC9 camcorder that's around 3 1/2 years old. Since new
    I've recorded around 15-20 tapes, all Sony Excellence.

    In the last 2 months I've started getting audio dropouts on playback.
    This occurs when played on the camcorder (goes silent) or when
    capturing (with nero it goes into digital audio breakup ie wierd
    harmonics etc) for glitches of around 1-2s at a time, but repeated
    every 10s or so. Mostly the video seems fine.

    I've mostly recorded in SP, first time this happened I'd been using LP,
    so I swapped tapes & flicked to SP, thinking the problem went away, but
    it doesn't seem to -- at least it's occurred on a second tape (although
    that was part of the same tape batch).

    Playing an old tape seems ok.

    I'm guessing it could need head cleaning (never done). Do the symptoms
    match? The video is mostly ok, although on one tape I got major picture
    breakup whilst videoing some F1 racing cars at Goodwood. Everything
    I've recorded since has been slower moving!

    If so, care to recommend best head cleaning for Sony's (am inclined to
    try a sony tape)

    Also, is the error-prone audio stream passed along the DV channel? Any
    sw that can try to recover any of the stream?
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    jonesn, Aug 1, 2005
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