Hello, what a great forum, this is my first post.
I received a refurbished HV30 last night (from Tiger Direct here in the U.S.A.). It looks in mint condition. I put in a new Sony premium DV tape and shot over 3 minutes of test footage in my kitchen, it was absolutely gorgeous! Today I thought I'd try it under daylight conditions in a local park. My first shot, I got a warning about needing to clean the heads. I kept shooting and it went away but came back once shortly after. I shot about 4.5 minutes altogether. Came back to the office hours later and read all about head cleaning (and dropouts) on your forum. It sounded like I should just try a head cleaning. However when I played back today's outdoor footage it was nothing but continual dropouts. I would see a few frames of video then a freeze for almost a second, quite regularly, over and over, continually throughout the 4.5 minutes. I tried another shot of 24 seconds here in the office, same problem. With the next shot, everything is fine again.
(In the 24 second shot once upon playback the time code went 00:02->03:05->04:23->07:02->08:20->10:08->13:08->14:26->16:02->17:08->18:26->20:26->22:20->24:08. Other times these frame numbers can be slightly different. This is all at 24p.)
I understand the issue of dropouts and how long GOP compression makes them much worse than DV. However in all the threads I didn't read anything about experiencing a continuous dropout mode like I'm seeing, so I decided to start a thread.
I'm reluctant to try taping over the tape because if I sent it back under warranty I think it'd be nice to have proof of it misbehaving.