I'm the owner of HV20. A week ago I started making a film which I'm supposed to finish in a month. Since then, I've had many problems with my camcorder including terrible dropouts which keep getting worse and worse. At first I blamed my tapes which are quite old by now. I bought a new one (Panasonic HDVM63AMQ which was supposed to be very good). It didn't help at all. Dropouts became even more frequent and more irritating. I'm trying to find out what is the core of this problem. Perhaps it has something to do with a small accident in which my camcorder lost a piece of plastic that supported the battery (I solved the problem with some tape and plastic, MacGyver style). Also, I have a problem with the display. It turns off spontaneously from time to time.
I'll probably have it repaired soon but can you tell me if there is a temporary solution for this?