Likely many people here have tried their own camcorders too and I'd welcome hearing tips from them. I wondered if there's another forum (like I've seen on DIY plumbing, car repair etc) where people might describe specific camcorders and how they made some basic adjustments that got them out of a jam. I'm archiving many of my old PAL minidv tapes. I have had a number of these camcorders over the years and they all broke. So the tapes were made on different ones. I bought two used PAL camcorders before returning to the States. They worked OK for a while but now I'm into the real problem tapes. I'm seeing if I can make adjustments within my very limited technical range. Basically, because of a tip I saw on Youtube, I've been adjusting the spindles (I think they're called flurry?). It's a painstaking process but by adjusting both of them 1/4 of a turn at a time I got a tape that was 80% inaudible down to 10% with a bit of artifacts (ca 10%). So I'd be very interested to read about how others might have approached this. I'm hoping to adjust the camcorders to fit the various minidv tapes irregularities if possible. Thanks
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Last edited by hpcampr; 18th Feb 2020 at 20:45.
4 words: DO NOT DO THIS.
You cannot adjust a camcorder if you don't have the alignment tape a.k.a reference tape, You could make one tape work but the rest of the tapes don't work, Most of camcorders problems are bad electronics such as SMD components. If the P guides are not loose the alignment is fine look somewhere else, could be the tape itself was recorded on a faulty camcorder.