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Playback on Camcorder doesn't work?

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
So I have a pretty old JVC GR-D770U that has been in the box for several years now (I got it for Christmas years ago and never used it). Today I decided to get it out and play around with it for a bit. For some reason though the playback doesn't work. I am just getting a blue screen. I know its recording because I can use the quick preview to see the last few seconds of recording on the tape, and the time remaining on the tapes is lowering so it must be doing something. But whenever I go to playback it just stays at a blue screen even though I click play. Anybody have any idea what could be wrong?
post #2 of 8
Get one of those Panasonic miniDV head cleaner tapes and see if it fixes it.
Edited by xfws - 1/16/13 at 6:47am
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
Hi, thanks for the suggestion, I bought one today and ran it in the camcorder but it didn't fix my problem. Any other suggestions?
post #4 of 8
I'd say tinker around with it and see if you can get it to work. If you're handy, you may be able to find the service manual online and fix it yourself. Honestly, that's a really outdated camcorder. You may consider picking up a cheap, recent point and shoot camera that shoots HD video as the quality will greatly exceed that JVC miniDV camcorder.

Also consider that whatever you may end up spending on new tapes may be equal to just buying a newer camera with better quality.
post #5 of 8
He wants to play the tape, so it does not matter whether it is outdated or not.

Try other tape. If it works, then the tape is damaged. If does not, then try on another camcorder (ask friends). Try ebay, for $100 or less you should be able to buy a working DV camcorder.

When you get your setup working, ingest all tapes you have onto computer (do not re-encode into another format) and save files on two storage devices, preferably different physical types, like Blu-ray disc and external HDD.

Then you can dispose the camcorder ;-)
post #6 of 8
Ok, I was under the impression OP wanted to use the camcorder for recording.
post #7 of 8
No, he wants to play the tape. He should have googled first, but instead figured out that it is easier to register on AVS. Whatever.

http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/775786
http://www.greenspun.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg.tcl?msg_id=00BiV0

If cleaning tape does not help, and manual cleaning of the heads does not help, and connecting power adapter instead of battery does not help, then call manufacturer. Or borrow a camcorder from friends to ingest tapes onto computer.

EDIT: If I am not mistaken, there was a similar issue with Sony camcorders. They have a sensor that checks something about tape, and if it thinks that tape is bad, then it disables the heads, or moves the heads away from tape, something like that. So it may be that the sensor has to be cleaned, not the heads.
post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by Ungermann View Post

No, he wants to play the tape. He should have googled first, but instead figured out that it is easier to register on AVS. Whatever.


Showing your colors again Ungermann? Sure he could have searched online, yet he choose to ask here on AVS. Nothing wrong with that.
Edited by Blasst - 1/18/13 at 8:04am
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