I spent quite a while trying to close someones handycam tape. The solution for me was simple: Turn it on. Not sure if this is the problem for you.
i have a sony HDR-HC5 handycam. i cant get a tape to load. i have switched to try different tapes, but nothing will go down/load. the tape that was in originally no longer will load/close. this happened once before, but somehow after turning it on and off, the tape went in. This time nothing seems to work. Any ideas? Is this common? I am not even sure how/where to get this fixed (although I am guessing it could end up being cheaper to buy a new one if i can't resolve this)?