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Old March 24th, 2006, 02:53 PM   #1
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Strange problem with fx1

I have the FX1 and i have been using the same tapes since i got it never had any problems with them they are not Sony but they have always given me great results. But lately when i am recording and playing the footage back there are slight pause's within the video, now i donít know if this is the tape or the camera. it doesnít always happen only sometimes, once i recorded something played it back and there were about 5 very slight pauses within the space of 15 minutes of the video, they are also for around 1 second each.


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Old March 24th, 2006, 02:58 PM   #2
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Jim,

Have you tried cleaning the heads with a cleaning tape? The tapes are available at most video stores.

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Old March 26th, 2006, 08:13 AM   #3
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Hello

Thanks for the reply

Do i have to put the tape in and press record or just let the whole tape play through?

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Old March 26th, 2006, 08:25 AM   #4
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or just let the whole tape play through?
Don't do that!!! Follow the instructions exactly as provided with the cleaning tape. Typically you press play and let the tape run for 10 seconds. Also, it's a good idea to get a cleaning tape of the same brand as the other tapes you've been using. Cleaning should not be required very often.

The pauses you mention - are they repeatable at the same spots on the tape? If so then you're probably seeing a dropout.
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Old March 26th, 2006, 09:25 AM   #5
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Do you have the manual for your camera? The instructions for cleaning should be in it. If you don't have a manual, you should be able to go to Sonys website and download one.

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Old March 26th, 2006, 12:07 PM   #6
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Hello

Thanks for the help

I did have the manual but unfortunately i have miss placed it so Iíll have to try and download a new one, the only thing that is inside with the cleaning tape is all in chinese

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That is what is strange i rewound the tape to see if it was happening in the same spot and it happen in the same spot on the tape 3/4 times in a row. then i rewound the tape again and on the 4th time and there after it had gone. If somehow it is drop outs how can i avoid this? Strange because this has never happen before and i have been using the same make/brand of tapes since i got the camera. Does it make a difference if you are moving around with the camera like if you were running with it or something? But on this occasion the camera was locked down so it canít be that and on all the other occasions it was locked down as well and still had the same problem

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Old March 26th, 2006, 02:39 PM   #7
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Well that sounds like it might be dirty heads. To play it safe, I would go buy a cleaning tape of the same brand as the other tapes you've been using and not use the Sony. Follow the directions which come with that tape.
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Old March 26th, 2006, 04:05 PM   #8
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Thanks for the advice Iíll get a new tape and let you know

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Old March 26th, 2006, 06:13 PM   #9
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Don't do that!!! Follow the instructions exactly as provided with the cleaning tape. Typically you press play and let the tape run for 10 seconds.
I honestly can't remember which camcorder I was using a tape on and I noticed it played for 10 seconds and stopped automatically.

Has anyone else noticed this function? Cause if I'm right this is a new deal that's real nice.
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Old March 30th, 2006, 02:52 AM   #10
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just like the others are saying, you are getting HDV drop outs. 15 frames where it pauses then plays again.

We have had two FX1's for over a year and had to send both of them in for service a couple of months ago. We had 4 tapes that would not play back at all. You could only see parts of the footage when you hit play and FF or RW and the time code would not be consistent. We do use our cameras in the worst conditions possible though, out in the desert filming race vehicles passing by and its always dusty. Gaffer's tape and Kata bags work ok but the dust still works its way in...

If you are starting to get drop outs I recomend recording about a minute of footage on a new tape then RW and play it back to see that it recorded correctly before shooting. I wish we did that before loosing over 4 hours of footage that can't be replaced. The Sony tech also suggested FF and RW new tapes before using them because the tension usually isn't right when they come from the factory.
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