How To Clean A Dirty Tape Camcorder – Video8, VHS, VHS-C & MiniDV

Updated 2:59 PM EDT, Wednesday, August 23, 2023

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How To Clean A Dirty Tape Camcorder - Video8, VHS, VHS-C & MiniDV


Sometimes there's an error with your camcorder, but other times it's just physically dirty, and you need to clean it up.

When was the last time you used a camcorder?

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Did you leave a tape inside?

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Will your camcorder even turn on?

Camcorders are probably more fun to use now, than when they were originally made.

What People Are Asking…

Why is my camcorder not working?

There could be many reasons for this, but start with the battery--it might be dead. Try connecting the camera to an AC power adapter, and see if it will even turn on.

Does anyone buy old camcorders?

Yes, I'm among those people that use old camcorders--they can be very fun to use, especially for YouTube videos.

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How can I fix my video camera?

If you don't want to do it yourself, there are places that still fix them--you can start by looking for places that fix electronics like computers, cameras and audio equipment.

Why does my camcorder keep turning off?

Start with the battery--try plugging the camera into an AC power adapter to see if it will stay on. If you're still having problems, it might be a bigger issue with a component inside that has gone bad.

Where can I sell my used camcorder?

You could try eBay--everything is listed there, and people buy and sell camcorders there every day.

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