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Old July 30th, 2005, 04:16 PM   #1
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Cleaning VCR heads vs MiniDV camcorder heads... same?

Im just wondering if the same process is used to clean the heads on a minidv camcorder as for a VCR. One of my camcorders(old cheap one) needs a head cleaning, and Im hoping to do it myself. I have cleaned the heads on a vcr and was just wondering if the same process is used, or is this a bad idea?

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Old July 30th, 2005, 04:23 PM   #2
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Look in your owners manual. I think you'll find that the only process recommended is to run a cleaning tape, carefully following the instructions. It makes sense to use a cleaning tape of the same brand as the DV tapes you've been using.

Basically it's a no-brainer. Insert cleaning tape. Press play. Wait 10 seconds. Press stop. Done.
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Old July 30th, 2005, 10:40 PM   #3
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Ive already ran a head cleaner 4 times(that was the max it said to run it at one time) and it still gets the dirty head error. Im positive it needs the heads to be manually cleaned, thats what Im talking about, not the head cleaning tape.
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Old July 30th, 2005, 10:47 PM   #4
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Dylan,
The heads and pitch of a MiniDV drum are MICROSCOPIC compared to a VHS or Beta head. The tiniest snag with a cleaning wand will toss the pitch. If you are desperate to try it, and don't mind trashing the camera, give it a go. Otherwise, run the head cleaner tape, or take it in.
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Old July 31st, 2005, 10:02 AM   #5
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It's also possible that your problem is mis-aligned heads instead of dirty ones...
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Old July 31st, 2005, 11:18 AM   #6
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Dylan, if you really want to save it, you should send it in to factory service for a professional cleaning. Otherwise why not replace the older cheap camcorder with a newer cheap camcorder. If you try to "clean it yourself," you might wind up having to buy a new one anyway.
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Old July 31st, 2005, 06:21 PM   #7
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well i say old... but its only like 2 years old, so I would rather just get it fixed, Ill probly end up sending it to JVC, depending on the cost
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