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    Hi there,

    I recently filmed a wedding on my Z1E, using JVC mini DV tapes. In total i used 4 tapes. All the tapes are fine apart from the 3rd tape? When i am playing it back (on the Z1E) I am getting no picture or sound. Although, when the tape is playing, if I press fast-forward i get a picture. The picture is only the bottom half of the screen and the rest is greyed out.

    Can anyone help me with this problem or suggest a soloution.

    Is there any specialists I can send this tape too, who might be able to save the footage?

    Regards
    H

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    How does it look after you captured it? And why do you use jvc tapes in a sony?I think you are better of sticking with original (and unused) Sony tapes for important recordings.

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    Hi

    had a problem recently with the camera flashing a message to eject, also barring across the image, a combination of two shots. i cleaned the heads to no avail but then was told that a good idea is to fully fast forward a new tape then rewind then start using. Did this an have had no more problems. It evens out the tension on the tape. I'm not suggesting this is the problem here but try and see if it helps

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    David

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    Have youmixed brands of mini DV tape at all. Specifically, Sony branded tapes with others. There's a history of Sony using a different 'lube' or soemthign and when combined with teh 'lube' from other tapes it can clog things up good.

    Also, do try a good tape head cleaner and see if that makes any difference.

    Tryu the tape in a nother camera. If it does the saem then I suspect it's lost. sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noa View Post
    How does it look after you captured it? And why do you use jvc tapes in a sony?I think you are better of sticking with original (and unused) Sony tapes for important recordings.

    It doesnt matter what brand of tape you use as long as you pick one and stick with it....


    Just like there's no actual difference in picture quality between a "HDV" branded Mini DV tape and just a plain old "Mini DV" branded one.
    It's not about what camera you use or how much it cost.

    It's about what you shoot,
    how you shot it,
    and how you edit it :P

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    I dont suppose you ever found a solution to the below? I have the exact same problem? Please can anyone help.

    Thanks.


    Quote Originally Posted by Harjite View Post
    Hi there,

    I recently filmed a wedding on my Z1E, using JVC mini DV tapes. In total i used 4 tapes. All the tapes are fine apart from the 3rd tape? When i am playing it back (on the Z1E) I am getting no picture or sound. Although, when the tape is playing, if I press fast-forward i get a picture. The picture is only the bottom half of the screen and the rest is greyed out.

    Can anyone help me with this problem or suggest a soloution.

    Is there any specialists I can send this tape too, who might be able to save the footage?

    Regards
    H

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    The problem sounds very much like mucky heads & hopefully the cleaning tape will solve your problem.

    I am hoping the same solution will solve my issue.
    I have a Samsung VP-D351. It came from a house-clearance, so I suspect that it hasn't been used for a long while.
    I bought one Panasonic AY-DVM60FE5 cassette in case the thing was knackered, being reluctant to get a multi-pack.
    Anyway..... The Samsung throws off a 'No Tape!' error message. I ejected the cassette & replaced it which cleared that error message.
    I thought I was good to go and took the Samsung to a steam rally along with another recorder.
    The Samsung doesn't half eat its way through the battery. Fifteen minutes and the battery was done. Is this normal?
    Then it threw off another 'No Tape! error, but this time when I looked at the tape it had been eaten. To say that I was miffed would be putting it mildly!
    A bit of a long-winded story. If anyone else knows Samsung Mini-DV recorders please pipe up & inform me if this error is usually down to mucky heads.
    I have ordered a cleaner cassette and some more Panasonic cassettes.
    If the Samsung VP-D351 has a more serious issue i'll find out soon enough. It is just annoying I can't get the cleaner cassette locally, which means another wait for the mail man.
    Are those Panasonic branded cassettes OK in a known good machine?

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