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Help: Mini DV Camcorder choppy playback?

Jedi5 1,354 May 17, 2016 at 07:44 PM
I have an old mini DC camcorder jvc gr-d395u that I'm not sure what I should do.
Camera is at least 10 years old.

Having playback issues where the playback is spotty and choppy.
There is a constant clicking sound when I'm playing a tape.
Sounds sorta like a tic-tock on a clock if you will.
I've run a head cleaner cassette and that did nothing.

Is there a DIY home fix I can try?

Do I spend the money to get the camera fixed?
I wouldn't even know where to go.
I did a quick search and geeksquad came up.
There are no shops in my area that I found.

Or do I just buy a used one on eBay?
It would probably be cheaper anyway I'm thinking.

I'm not recording with this camera anymore.
I'd just need a camera to transfer my tapes to my computer.

Suggestions?

Thanks!

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I have an old mini DC camcorder jvc gr-d395u that I'm not sure what I should do.
Camera is at least 10 years old.

Having playback issues where the playback is spotty and choppy.
There is a constant clicking sound when I'm playing a tape.
Sounds sorta like a tic-tock on a clock if you will.
I've run a head cleaner cassette and that did nothing.

Is there a DIY home fix I can try?

Do I spend the money to get the camera fixed?
I wouldn't even know where to go.
I did a quick search and geeksquad came up.
There are no shops in my area that I found.

Or do I just buy a used one on eBay?
It would probably be cheaper anyway I'm thinking.

I'm not recording with this camera anymore.
I'd just need a camera to transfer my tapes to my computer.

Suggestions?

Thanks!
If you want you can try to take it apart, but no guarantees. Probably some belt or gear behaving badly.

You could buy something off ebay, but I'd ask around with friends and try your local good will. At least at good will, you've got a chance at being able to try before you buy.
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If your camera's problem is electronics your hosed, if it is physical IE: a bad belt, someone might be able to repair it, assuming the belt can still be found or otherwise replaced. If a motor is not functioning correctly I imagine you are just out of luck.

A quick search on eBay reveals that many parts and pieces for your JVC gr-d395u can be had but the camera itself is not currently listed. I believe that this is an indication that many other people are finding themselves in your position.

Camera's of a bygone era like yours are problematic. They were never built with the expectation of being durable enough to function 10 years after manufacture.

If you choose to take it apart I would expect that reassembly would be so difficult as to be essentially impossible, there are many MANY very small parts that need to be placed in exactly the correct way and in the correct order. I doubt that you could find any service station that still offers support for this camcorder.

I did not search for one but maybe someone still manufactures a device similar to a VCR for your tape cassettes. Also you may be able to find a company somewhere that will transfer your tapes to DVD, I did not search for this either.

I wish you good luck I'm afraid your going to need it.
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Hmm wonder if that's like the one I have somewhere.
I'll give it away, haven't touched it in 10 years
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I searched eBay as well for my camera and came up empty handed.
The thought of taking it apart did cross my mind, but truth be told, I have no idea what I'm looking for or should be looking at.
Plus like stated it, putting it all back together... I'll probably end up making it worse.

I'll check eBay or the local goodwill/pawnshop to see if they have anything.
On eBay I'm seeing sell for about $60 or so. Less if you get lucky.

Thanks everyone for the help!
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You might be able to use a deck or another camera of the same tape type to grab the video off with. Alternatively there are services you can send your tapes to and will digitize them for you. Might be the easiest and cheapest instead of buying a used camera that might not work.
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vhs-c adapter to use in a vcr

I have a gr ax25 and VHS adapter. If you have a VHS player
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vhs-c adapter to use in a vcr

I have a gr ax25 and VHS adapter. If you have a VHS player
Mini-DV != VHS-C
There's no VHS adapter for Mini-DV. Mini-DV stores data digitally, you can actually connect a Mini-DV cam to a computer via firewire and use it like a tape drive to transfer files from the computer.

Functional VHS players are also getting harder to come by, I have one that can't rewind and one that eats every tape you insert.
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Ha! thanks for clearing that up in my mind. The pic I looked at made it look like mine. DOH!
let alone read
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