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03-04-2013, 03:38 AM
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I have a digital Panasonic Mini DV Camcorder (Standard Definition) (NTSC). When I tried to play some of the recorded MiniDV tapes (which were recorded on the same camcorder), some of the tapes play well, but some do not play at all. I see a blank blue screen on Camcorder LCD, and I can also see it is not picking up the timecode data from the tape. The capturing program WinDV doesn't see any signal incoming. I am trying to capture the tapes using Firewire and store on HDD before the tapes deteriorate.

What could be the problem?
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03-04-2013, 07:47 AM
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Were they recorded using long play?
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03-04-2013, 09:34 PM
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No. Each tape has a maximum of 1 hour. Some of them are SONY cassettes and some are Panasonic. The camcorder is Panasonic.
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03-05-2013, 07:35 AM
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Other than that I'm not sure what to tell you other that try a different camcorder.

Is it just one brand you're having an issue with or both?
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03-05-2013, 10:37 PM
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Both Sony and Panasonic tapes are having this issue. I gave them to a transfer guy who reported that he was also unable to play them. The trouble is, it is NTSC camcorder which I bought while I was in the USA, but I am in PAL land primarily. So cannot really find another NTSC camcorder to test out.

May be I will assume the tapes have gone bad or something.
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