1 Reply Latest reply: Oct 30, 2010 11:28 AM by ICalliou
Robert Stone Level 2 (260 points)
Let me first note that I know this is NOT a problem with iMovie but I have been searching on the net for a couple hours now and thought I would post this "at home" on this forum since I have gotten so much good advice here over the years...
I have a Canon HV10 - an HD 1080i to miniDV tape camcorder that at one point a couple years ago got "out of adjustment" such that tapes could not be played back. I sent it in for service to Canon and was told the heads were dirty though I had at that point used it very little. It seemed to work fine once back and could be used to playback tapes before and after the "out of adjustment" period. The problem is that I have 3 tapes with data on them which I would very much like to access (kids were at a very cute age) and I know the data is there. I know this since when playing back these tapes the unit shows blue screen only BUT when fast forward is pressed during playback it behaves as it would with any other tape - jittery, fast moving images without sound are seen. I assume this means the camera record speed was slightly off during that time. I have since upgraded to another camera (a Sony) and I'm willing to "experiment" with any recommended adjustments to see if I can rescue these movies. Any help appreciated!

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  • ICalliou Level 1 (0 points)
    Is your new camera an HDV camera like the Canon? You should be able to play the tapes back in that without any problem. The Canon HV10 shot video in 1080 60i, just like Sony cameras. I have the same problem with my HV10. It is a very common problem, the heads seem to accumulate a lot of grime, it could be from mixing tape stock, some tapes use a dry lubricant and some use a wet and they don't mix well together. If you only have the HV10 for tapes then you could try running a couple of cycles of a "head cleaning cassette" through it. You can pick one up at Best Buy, just follow the instructions. Hope this helps.