I have some tapes that cannot advance in the camcorder. I tried using a screwdriver to pull down the tab on the casing between the 2 spools. but even so the spools don't seem to rotate freely. I suspect the tape is sticking.
I can open it up but are there any guides to respooling? Is there any way to reduce the tape sticking?
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Dried up mold can clog video heads, Be careful when playing back those tapes. There are a lot of creative ways of re-spooling tapes depends on your skills and tools available, Which ever method you use always use low speed, High speed high torque can break the tape. There are few useful videos on youtube.
Not gonna know until you pop it open. Take some photos as soon as you open it in case any clips fall out. They aren't much different than opening a VHS or 8MM tape, just smaller.
Smaller makes it different. I know, having worked on all of them manually many times.