Question about Sony 8mm Stantard Grade 120 Minute Camcorder Tape P-6120MPL USA 8mm Tape

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SONY MP 120 8mm video cassette

My tape played back fine the last few times I watched it through the camcorder, but now when I try to view it, I get static/white lines running across the screen and the audio fades in and out. The first few times this happened, I fast forwarded the tape a bit and that seemed to solve the problem, but that didn't work the last time. I've cleaned the rollers on the recorder and it still fades in and out. I'm devistated because it is the tape that the birth of my son was on and us bringing him home.
I have tried other tapes of the same recorder and some work fine, some do the same thing.
The tapes have been stored in a climate controlled environment in their cases, inside a box with a lid. They have been kept away from dust and too much handeling. I'm hoping that the recorder is just old. I haven't tried viewing the tape on another HiFi 8mm camcorder.
Thank you for your time and I hope you can tell me what may be going on.
Have a great day and God bless you all.
Ian's Mommy

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  • IansMommy Oct 22, 2008

    Thanks for your quick response!

    I really appreciate that and I'll try your suggestion.

  • ginablank Dec 26, 2008

    I am experiencing the same difficulties. I am trying to view 8mm video cassettes in my Handycam Camcorder, and I get choppy video or video with static lines, and very minimal audio. My hard copy cassettes, too, have been stored safely in cases and in boxes. Cleaning the heads inside the camcorder with rubbing alcohol didn't work, and neither did ffwd or rwd.

    I am glad to hear that it is probably just really dirty camcorder heads (the camcorder IS 16 years old, after all); where were you able to find a cassette head cleaner?


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I have the same issue but noticed that I only have this issue with Sony 8mm tapes (and I convert a lot of tapes for customers). I play them in a Sony camcorder. It usually runs well for 30 minutes and then starts with the static issue. The only solution I found so far was to restart where the static started and go from there. I thought that maybe they are electrostatically charged,

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Problem is dirty / clogged video head of v-8 player or camcorder what ever you are using for playback. Use good quality video head cleaning cassette for head cleaning.
Please check tapes on another camcorder as tapes seems OK.

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