I recently bought a dvdr to put my old 8mm home videos recorded with a Samsung VP-M50 on dvd,but the playback of the camera is very choppy in parts where the camera is moving around in the video.It was not like this when i viewed these videos in the past.On the still parts it's fine and it's also fine if i view the video in the "peep hole" of the camera.It comes out choppy on the dvd as well. First i thought it was a problem with the dvdr,but if i view the live feed of the camera and move the camera around through the dvdr connection the choppyness doesn't happen. I also cleaned the head using a dynex 8mm head cleaner and still no go. Does anyone have any suggestions?This issue is making me crazy!! Thanks
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Re: 8mm Samsung camcorder: choppy playback
This seems like a tape playback problem. Can you look at the output of the tape in the camera directly into a monitor? And checking the tapes on another machine would also be good.
The fast movement breakup can be something in the playback circuitry of the camera. It may not show up in the viewfinder. Also yo umay try repacking the tape. Fast forward it to the end and rewind it all the way.
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Hello Ron, Well that is like you say an old camera, mind you 8mm is still far the best and safest way to store your valued films as it has kept the data on those tapes longer than any DVD ever did, remember unlike we thought 10 years ago a DVD only has around 8 to 10 years life span, we are finding CD & DVD productions that are over 8 years old just wont play any longer. Kodak put a report on the net 7 years ago that they found even some quite costly DVD recorded media had gone blank and refused to play after a very short time in storage. I think you ought to look around Ebay, find a nice HI8 digital camera, put your loved tapes in that, plug the new Firewire cable into the camera, and your PC and download your treasured items to another media like DVD. Keep your 8mm tapes in a draw safe though because they will out-live all DVD recordings I can honestly say that. David
Have the same problem. This is what I have found in trying to solve the problem. It appears that it is a tracking problem and it appears that either your new "used" camera has the problem or your original camera had the problem.
A simple test would be to take another camcorder and see if the tapes play. If they do, and a recently recorded tape DOES NOT, you may just need to get another camera. Or, see if the camera can be re-tracked at a repair shop. However, be sure you have copies of your most recent tapes recorded with the bad tracking
I was having the exact same problems, and I read a post on this website somewhere recommending that I just record a few seconds of video on a blank portion of tape and then the camera should start playing video normally again.
Make sure you have finalised the disk, otherwise it won't play back on other players. Also there are two standards that you can use to record onto disks, video mode or VR mode. Video mode was the original standard but it wouldn't let you edit or add anything to the recording afterwards but it is more compatible with other players. VR mode allows you to edit the recording but is less compatible for playback on other players.