Vettster, you're messing up my perfect world.http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif
I had planned to post (and gloat) on this topic tonight, describing how I just found another demo machine (for 600 bucks thank you) and immediately tried to record a movie (Phoenix). The resulting recording was completely unreadable on every machine I have, including the demo it was recorded on. I proceeded to "clean" the new demo machine with a DVHS cleaning tape (about five 15 second passes) until it finally started playing the tape properly. I then tried to copy it off to save the movie, but found that about three fouths thru the movie I started getting pixels.
I then replaced the cylinder with a new one. The results were fabulous (this was the part where I was going to gloat). I was able to read and copy the whole tape with only three minor and brief spots of pixels.
Consequently, I'm very
surprised at your results. I think my demo was way more thrashed than yours, because none of my good machines could even bring up a picture at all, way worse than huge green blotches.
I don't want you to use a cleaning tape on your new heads. I only did that knowing that I would be replacing them anyway. There's also no point in adjusting the recording current yet, because that would be like closing the barn door after the horses have escaped. You definitely want to keep the demo as close to the same form as it was when it made the recordings.
I should point out that there are other sources of pixels besides the recorder. Bad iLink connections, bad STB, etc., so you should verify that the problem is solely the recorder.
I'll make some suggestions after dinner.
Analog -- Always out of adjustment.
Digital -- Always one more bug.