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8mm Samsung camcorder: choppy playback

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!!
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  • Jozzep Oct 04, 2008

    Thanks for the response mediarich.I cannot hook the camera up to a monitor because it's a pal camcorder and i live in the US.That's one of the reasons i'm transfering the video to dvd with a multi regional dvdr (Philips dvdr3390).I'm sure the pal has nothing to do it because like i said ,the live feed is fine.It's def a tape playback issue.
    I would love to have another machine,but i went to bestbuy to try and "borrow" one.They don't even have 8mm camcorders anymore,image trying to find a pal one!!
    I tried repacking.....No go.

    I came to the conclusion that there is no way to watch these vidoes the way they were without spending a **** load of money for new hardware.So i think i will just have to deal with the choppy video,or i've been searching for professional conversion companies that won't "rape me" to put the most important ones on ntsc dvd.

    Still if anyone has any suggestions or advice, i would really appreciate it.
    Thank you




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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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    rich medrano Oct 04, 2008

    I bet if you look in the phone book you'll find someone who does transfers reasonably or better yet see if you can rent a unit. I think that might be your best shot. Best wishes.

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