My JVC GR16 VHS-C camcorder stops recording 15 minutes before the
60min tape end. The 60min (not 45min) tape is selected in the menu.
How to make the camcorder record to the last 15 minutes of the tape?
Start 15 minutes later.
Have you tried anotehr tape?
Have you tried a better quality tape?
The reason tapes stop is that the one of the reels isn't turning
anymore. This usually happens because the feed reel won't easily
unload more tape.
Or because the takeup reel isn't trying hard enough to take it up.
This can happen if that reel is powered by a belt and the belt is old
and stretched. MY only experience is with vcrs. Do they use belts in
If the feed reel is not feedign, it might help to lube whatever is
sticking. Hard enough on a vcr to find the thing but harder yet in a
I would try another brand, no matter how good that brand is. Because
it's what, 2,3,4 dollars for a tape, and a hundred or more for a
repair and hundreds for a new camera, and it's often impossible with
the tools we have to find out why something is broken or to predict
what will fix it.
I would do the same. Having experience in vcr repair since the early days
of Beta, it's just common sense to try another brand before heading to the
repair shop. I've had my Hi-8 Sony apart to fix a loose connection and
don't recall seeing any belts on the tape deck. Still there has to be a
friction driven device in the drive train to the take up reel to apply
the proper amount of torque to the tape and if any brand of tape stops
prematurely, the most likely culprit would be that device.
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