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Audio dropouts

I have a Sony PD-170, recording on Sony 60 minute digital video cassettes. I occasionally get an audio dropout every 8 to 10 seconds. The dropout is just a blip, but may leave out a work or two. Is there something wrong with my camera or is it the tape?

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Best Answer chosen by semicoolstreak

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This came out in 2003. My advice is to not repair.

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Try a new tape, clean the head and if these ideas do not pay off, ebay it and move to a newer camera.

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Move from tape

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I gave up on my Canon HV20 because I knew that the tape mechanism would fail me one day. It may be a blow to "shelve an old friend" but the use of solid state media such as SD cards is really a massive step forward.
Very few computers have FireWire connections now. I had to install a IEEE 1394 card on my PC to download the final tapes from my Canon and, if you use a laptop, the problem is greater.
The resulting video is easier to handle. All the shots become files in their own right so there is no need for timecode separation and the transfer from camera to computer is either a USB download or transfer the SD card into a PC based card reader.

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