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Old September 18th, 2002, 03:14 PM   #1
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Has anyone experienced a problem with tapes being eaten?

If so, is it more common to one brand than another. From my experience about 1 in 10 of my JVC M-DV60ME are being eaten.

I can't really attribute this problem to the tape since I haven't had my camera "checked out" for two years now.

But just checking to see what everyone else thinks.

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Old September 18th, 2002, 04:57 PM   #2
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FWIW: I use Panasonic MiniDV tape. No eaten tape problem in the 4 years I've had the XL1.
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Old September 18th, 2002, 06:04 PM   #3
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I should also add that I have shot 2 features and about 10 shorts and music videos with my camera and I have only had problems with the JVC lately. I've used about 100 different tapes, of numerous brands.
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Old September 18th, 2002, 07:29 PM   #4
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Nori,

What mode was the camera in when the hunger pains began? (Play, rewind, eject, etc.???)

I have recently had a problem with my camera getting hungry in the rewind mode. I had to buy a mini dv winder to do all fast forwarding and rewinding. I have changed brands and it is still happening.

To make matters worse, the New Jersey repair facility couldn't find a problem.

Not cool.

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Old September 19th, 2002, 11:03 AM   #5
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It has always been within the first minute of a new tape when recording.
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Old September 19th, 2002, 02:30 PM   #6
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My XL1s started eating tapes whenever I hit rewind button, leading me to look into possible reasons for this problem. I have been informed by various XL1s users over here (UK) that this is not an uncommon problem with new XL1s'.

It sounds like a send your XL1in to Canon for repair, that's what I'm having to do.

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Old September 19th, 2002, 02:37 PM   #7
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oops!

Just realised I addressed my reply to Bills post to Nori
Appologies to both for the mix up

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Old September 19th, 2002, 04:28 PM   #8
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I got to the end of a tape once, and when I rewound, it forced me to eject the tape. The tape itself was caught up in the play heads. Only happened once, with a Panasonic Linear Plus.
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Old September 20th, 2002, 09:35 PM   #9
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I've tried about 10 JVC ME tapes and have had problems with one of them. My machine did not eat the tape but it had a bad (unrecordable) spot about three quarters of the way through and of course my time code was interrupted. When I rewind it is really jittery and noisy (makes me nervous, especially after reading about your experience). I'm still hunting for a consistantly reliable brand - I guess Panasonic is next...
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