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DV Head Cleaning Maintenance

The perfect complement to Panasonic Professional DV Tape is a clean machine. That's why we recommend DV camcorder and VTR head cleaning with the Panasonic AY-DVMCLA (for mini DV) or AY-DVCLB (for Large DV) Professional DV Cleaning Cassette.

The Panasonic DIGITAL MEDIA AY-DVMCLA and AY-DVCLB are high-performance DV cleaning cassettes developed exclusively for DV format video equipment. To ensure optimal results, and to avoid any misuse and possible video head damage, the following precautionary measures are recommended

(1) Recommended usage of the AY-DVMCLA or AY-DVCLB is once every 50 hours of recording or playback. More frequent cleaning may be required depending on temperature, humidity, or dust in the operating environment. In particular, camcorders and portable DV decks operated in dusty or smoky environments may need more attention. Under most circumstances, Cleaning Cassettes should not be used more frequently than once every 25 hours.

(2) CAUTION: Read the camcorder/VTR operating manual. If the instructions in the operating manual are different than the procedures listed in this bulletin, please follow the operating manual.

(3) To clean, play the DV Cleaning Cassette for approx. 5 seconds. Then check the result by playing back a pre-recorded cassette.

(4) If the picture is still not clean, play the DV Cleaning Cassette again. However, separate each use by 10-second cool-down periods. DO NOT use the cleaning cassette more than 4 consecutive times. 

(5) If the picture is still not clean after repeated cleaning, this may be due to other reasons. Service by qualified personnel is required. 

(6) DO NOT rewind the DV Cleaning Cassette tape after each use. When the cleaning cassette tape has reached its end, DISCARD IT. The cleaning tape can hold debris and reusing the cleaning cassette could contaminate the camcorder/VTR.

(7) This DV Cleaning Cassette can be used for approx. 100 head cleaning passes of 5 seconds each.

(8) DO NOT use the DV Cleaning Cassette more often than necessary.

(9) Frequent use could cause excessive wear to the video heads.

(10) This DV Cleaning Cassette is FOR CLEANING ONLY and cannot be used for recording or playback

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