"Tape Heads Dirty" message at DVinfo.net

Go Back   DV Info Net > Canon EOS / MXF / AVCHD / HDV / DV Camera Systems > Canon HDV and DV Camera Systems > Canon XH Series HDV Camcorders

Canon XH Series HDV Camcorders
Canon XH G1S / G1 (with SDI), Canon XH A1S / A1 (without SDI).


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old July 30th, 2007, 01:50 AM   #1
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Skowhegan, Maine
Posts: 70
"Tape Heads Dirty" message

My A1 has only a few hours on it, maybe 6 tapes, and already I've had the "Tape Heads Dirty" message twice. The first was on the second use, in fact. I haven't done any more unusual shooting than I normally do, and only use Panasonic AQ tapes. I haven't noticed any dropouts. Footage looks nice, in fact.

Should I worry about this? Should I use my head cleaning cassette (dry) on such a new machine? Seems like an odd thing to have to do. I've never had a Canon before and heard that they can be a little flaky with the heads or tape mechanism (which is why I didn't get the GL2), so I don't think I have to panic, I suppose.

Anyone else getting this message? An earlier thread I found on the topic suggested using Panasonic tapes, but I already am. Thoughts, anyone?
Nelson Cole is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 30th, 2007, 03:01 AM   #2
Major Player
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Seattle
Posts: 427
This has been gone over many, many (did I mention many?) times on this forum for people buying new Canon camcorders. Run your head cleaning tape for ten seconds and that should hopefully do the trick.
Eric Brown is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 30th, 2007, 06:58 AM   #3
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Peel,Isle of Man(UK)
Posts: 194
Nelson,I had the same thing this very morning - only a few hours recording time and I'm being asked to clean the head?
I came from Sony PD-150/170's and I only ever needed to clean them once a year.....
__________________
Canon XH-A1,SGPRO flip,Apple imac,FCExpress
http://www.pbase.com/philkneen
Phil Kay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 30th, 2007, 08:49 AM   #4
Inner Circle
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: San Mateo, CA
Posts: 3,840
Clean the heads. That will remove the dirt. That's what head cleaning tapes are for. That's why you're getting the warning. I don't know about the A1, but for the XL2, the manual SPECIFICALLY state to clean the heads when you recieve the camera, so I wouldn't worry about having 'dirty heads' soon after you get yours.

Does the A1 manually advise you to clean the heads when you recieve it?
Richard Alvarez is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 30th, 2007, 09:53 AM   #5
Contributor
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Kansas City, MO
Posts: 4,449
Yes, clean the heads when you get the camera out of the box.
Bill Pryor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 30th, 2007, 11:48 AM   #6
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Skowhegan, Maine
Posts: 70
Quote:
Originally Posted by Richard Alvarez View Post
Clean the heads. That will remove the dirt. That's what head cleaning tapes are for. That's why you're getting the warning. I don't know about the A1, but for the XL2, the manual SPECIFICALLY state to clean the heads when you recieve the camera, so I wouldn't worry about having 'dirty heads' soon after you get yours.

Does the A1 manually advise you to clean the heads when you recieve it?
No, it doesn't, not that I can find. Page 147 talks of cleaning the heads when the "Heads Dirty" message appears, but I don't find where you're instructed to run the head cleaner when you first get the camera.

I'll run the head cleaner today and see how it goes.
Nelson Cole is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 30th, 2007, 12:18 PM   #7
Wrangler
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 4,093
Box at the top of page 27:
"Before You Begin Recording
Make a test recording first to check if the camcorder operates correctly. If necessary, clean the video heads (147)."


All the recent Canon user manuals (and probably other manufacturers, too) say this, so the standard advice is to just run a cleaning tape for a few seconds when you first take your new camera out of the box.
__________________
Pete Bauer
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. Albert Einstein
Trying to solve a DV mystery? You may find the answer behind the SEARCH function ... or be able to join a discussion already in progress!
Pete Bauer is offline   Reply
Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

Professional Video
(800) 833-4801
Portland, OR

B&H Photo Video
(866) 521-7381
New York, NY

Z.G.C.
(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. CA

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > Canon EOS / MXF / AVCHD / HDV / DV Camera Systems > Canon HDV and DV Camera Systems > Canon XH Series HDV Camcorders

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 



Google
 

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:11 PM.


DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2017 The Digital Video Information Network