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Sony DVC Cleaning Tape (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • Sony DVM-12CLD Head Cleaner for Digital Mini DV Camcorders
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Sony DVC Cleaning Tape (Discontinued by Manufacturer) + Sony DVM60PR10KB 60-Minute Premium DVC/MiniDV Tapes - 10 Pack + Sony DVM 63HD 5pk High Definition Video Cassette
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model: DVM12CLD
  • Removable Storage: Mini DV tape
  • Item Package Quantity: 1

Product Details

  • Item Weight: 0.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0000632H7
  • Item model number: DVM12CLD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 1, 2004

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Improve the quality of your MiniDV with the DVM12CLD Cleaning Cassette. Keep the heads of your Mini DV camcorder clean for picture-perfect performance! Just insert the DVM-12CL cleaning cassette, and play for about 10 seconds.

Product Description

Premium Series offers quality at an exceptional value. Digital HD Video Series is Sony's best performing consumer DV cassette. Color Collection is a great way to differentiate and organize recordings.

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Customer Reviews

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I did one cleaning and the heads were clean.
Lester I. Kunimitsu
It worked just fine and I could play and record like normal again.
Surf's Up
I tried Best Buy, Circuit City, Staples, Wal-Mart.
Satisfied Grandmother

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Allagash on May 16, 2007
I was really angry when my Sony mini DV player stoped working after only a couple of months. It seemed unlikely that the heads could have gotten so dirty so quickly. Turns out I ran into trouble because I bought some cheap DV tapes at salvage store. Acording to the blogosphere different tape brands use different chemicals which when mixed gets you into trouble. Much to my reliefe a few runs with the cleaning tape and it was back to taping my baby girl.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Cubro on April 30, 2007
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I have two different MiniDV cameras that both came up with errors for "dew" and "head needs cleaning" respectively. I bought this tape, popped it in, ran play for 10 seconds, popped it out.

Messages gone. Cameras work perfectly.

Couldn't be simpler.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Glynn Clapsaddle on October 17, 2004
There's really not much that can be said about a head cleaner, but I wanted to pass on that this particular one worked well for me. After the first cleaning, I had a noticeable difference in clarity on my video work. This tape is good for multiple uses and stays in my camera bag to called upon on short notice.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By T. Time on June 29, 2008
A month ago my Canon camcorder had these blocky lines going across the view finder. I use my camcorder ALOT and had this ZR500 for over two years. I thought it was malfunctioning due to my high usage and it's age. So I brought a new one but when I stuck one of my old tapes in the new one those same old lines would show up again. NOW WAIT A MINUTE! THIS IS A NEW CAMCORDER! Since the camcorder was new I was eligible for free tech support. When I called Canon they told me that the type I used was contaminated from the old one and I needed a MiniDV cassette cleaner. They had one to sell me for over $35. No thank! So I did some research on amazon.com and saw the great reviews on this Sony cassette for half the price.

I just used it last week on both camcorders and now they both record and play back fine. Here's the caution........... all tapes that were used in the dirty camcorder prior to cleaning need to be thrown away. I noticed that when I tried to transfer the date from the miniDV to my computer the thick lines were back. So after trail and error I regrettably had to throw all the contaminated MiniDVs away. Once I cleaned the old camcorder again with this Sony cassette I used new MiniDV tapes afterwards and never tried to reply any old ones. I am happy to say that it's working good as new. Now I have two camcorders when I could have just cleaned the first one. But I learned a valuable lesson and hope others will learn from my mistake.

This tape is TOP NOTCH!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By F. V. Martin on June 26, 2007
No repair shop needed.

I had tried to play some older tapes that were sitting around, not in their cases. And sure enough, the playback heads got clogged with the dust that had accumulated on the tapes. The camera wouldn't play back my tapes! They looked like they were blank! But after I used the cleaning tape, the old tapes worked fine!

Be sure to try this before sending your camera in for repair!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Don on January 6, 2007
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I recently purchased a mini DV cleaning cassette for my video camera at a local electronics store for $24.95. The first time I used it it unwound inside and jammed the camera. I found this NAME BRAND product for much less at Amazon and it worked perfectly. Did a great job of restoring the satisfactory shooting of video and a clear playback on the camera screen.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Kurtman on August 6, 2004
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I bought the Panasonic one at a local store. When you open it, the instructions say don't use this to clean your heads unless your picture quality is already suffering. Yikes!

The Sony product can be used before your images start suffering.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Ramey on April 1, 2008
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It's really hard to rate a cleaning tape for something like this, since you can't really see what it's doing. What I can attest to is once I cleaned my DV camera, the problems I was having with black lines through the video went away. Guess it worked!
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