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JVC GRD20 - 50 - 70 owners.........

Discussion in 'Camcorders, Action Cams & Video Editing Forum' started by Orbitalzone, May 25, 2004.

  1. Orbitalzone

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    I have the GRD50EK camcorder which I've had 11 months and am generally pleased with except for one complaint and I wonder if others suffer too?

    I notice that after recording short clips then pausing (say for 10 seconds) then recording again, then the same pause / record - after several times of doing this I get a 'Head Cleaning Required' message appears. Now this did happen almost from new and with new tapes. I am careful and never leave the cam in rec/pause mode for more than very short lengths (15 secs max or I turn the cam off)

    I notice that it happens more often in warm temps than cold.

    I only use one type of tapes (Panasonic, all same type) and the cam never actually needs cleaning. Switching it off, then on again clears this error warning.

    I just wanted to know if others suffer from this quirk or is it just mine?

    I'm a former TV/Video repair engineer and am quite confident that the heads do not need cleaning (I've never had any dropouts or problems, and using a head cleaner doesn't make the warning go away any more than turning it OFF then ON again.

    The cam has only had 8 x 60 min tapes recorded (and uploaded to PC) once, I never reuse tapes and am very careful not to overstress the mechanism. I think it's safe to say the heads aren't worn out!

    Thanks for any comments
     
  2. ctcrm

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    HI, i bought a gr60 last week and had this message a few times already.

    But its not happened over the weekend during about an hours filming ?
     
  3. thfccambs

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    I use to have that on my JVC 357,the head went after 13 months.Just get a blue screen now.PRC didn't want to know as it was 1month out of warrenty.Only had about 3 hours of use out of it. :thumbsdow
     
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    If it was just a month outside warranty, JVC would almost certainly cover it, assuming it was just a normal failure and there was no damage.
     
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    I had the same problem when i first got the camcorder.But i thought it might be the tape that i was using (tdk) .So i bought 3 JVC mini dv tapes and the problem has disappeared completly.Hope that help.
     
  6. Orbitalzone

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    Thanks for the replies... I've use Panasonic tapes throughout.. ( I think Panasonic make tapes for almost every other brand too)

    Mine is 11months old.... suppose I'd better think whether to send it back or not...hmmmm
     
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    I wonder if it's related to the E04 error, which is a result of moisture in the recording mechanism. This seems to happen when moving the camera between highly different temperatures (usually low to high), or in high humidity locations. I see many posts from the humid southern USA, and at times of year in more extreme climes when temperatures vary greatly between indoors/outdoors. Using a hair blower at the NO HEAT setting into the open tape compartment or leaving the camera powered on (with no tape) for 24 hours frequently helps.
     

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