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Old June 20th, 2008, 11:05 PM   #1
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Has Anyone Had This Happen To Them?.....Bad Tape Load?

A videographer's nightmare. Important shoot. No indication whatsoever during the shoot of any problem in the viewfinder. (HD200 here, with less than 30 hours on the heads, 1 pass recently with a cleaning cassette and only JVC Pro HDV tape used by me so far for event videography type shoots. I'm shooting 720P 60fps.

Has anyone else ever experienced video/audio "glitching" interspersed with normal footage???? This just happened to me.

All prior footage shot....normal, no problems.

Cassette 1, this shoot....normal, no problems.

Cassette 2 normal for the first 5 minutes,......then probably more "glitched" footage than "OK" footage for the next 59 minutes. Literally "in and out" of UNUSABLE footage and good footage for the rest of the tape. Half-minute-or-less.....to.....over-one-minute sequences, both BAD and good. From a Pro JVC deck during playback, and from 2 different HD200 camcorder transports, during playback....when the messed up footage occurs the monitor says, "Clean Tape Head". But when the good footage comes back it is completely normal.

Cassette 3....normal, no problems.

Cassette 4....normal, no problems.

Is it conceivable a bad "bulk" load with the cassette, or some other problem specific to the cassette, could have caused this? If it was the camcorder, how could cassettes 1, 3 and 4 have been completely OK?

Has anyone else with an HD100, 200 or 250 ever experienced anything similar?

Thanks very much for any input.

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Old June 21st, 2008, 12:59 AM   #2
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Perhaps not the tape but the cameras loading of it? I wonder if a fastforward/rewind would have fixed it?

But yes - I have two very important tapes from a GL2 that I've never been able to play back correctly. =(

I rarely seem to check playback during a shoot though, as well...
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