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I have 5 digital 8mm video tapes that seem to be corrupted somehow. They play back with a "stutter" or skip, pause, etc. The tapes appear to be OK but the digital content isn't being read correctly by my Sony digital 8 handycam. Can a high end digital 8 player have a better chance to read them? Can the content be recovered?

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Yes it is possible that another player would be more sensitive and might read them. I would borrow or rent another camcorder/player locally and see if that is the issue.

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I have a working TRV81 Hi8 HandyCam and 15 Hi8 tapes I'd like to convert to digital and make ready for edit on IMovie (Mac). Would appreciate any advice....


The only way to do that is to play it in a device that plays Hi8 tapes and somehow converts it to a digital signal (likely through firewire as DV), then capture it to your computer just like a digital camcorder.

There are several ways:
1. Buy a device (like a camera) that plays it, output through RCA cables to your other camera or tape deck that is digital through the line in, and then just record that. (Alternatively, you could put that signal into a DVD-R machine and record onto a DVD, then just copy the files off the DVD, if you don't have a way to capture DV through firewire.)
2. Buy a device that plays Digital8 (same tapes, but miniDV FORMAT) and output directly from the tape through firewire. This means you must buy a SONY (only brand that made [now discontinued] Digital8) camcorder or deck [if decks were made, though those are usually expensive].

So, the simple answer: get a Digital8 camera and capture, or get another digital camcorder and a Hi8 camcorder and play through the digital one into the computer.

Buying a Sony Handycam (OLDER model) will be your easiest option, and probably possible on ebay, etc., for $100-$200.


Short of this, you could look to a friend or a professional solution for just getting the tape copied (like VHS->DVD services exist, there is probably some place you can mail your tape to).

EDIT: I should add: You included "8mm" in your title-- that is a bit confusing. 8mm refers to a few formats. One is film (obviously not what you're referring to), but then there is the older "8mm" tape format; it's like Hi8, but I believe it's actually not the same tape-- unlike Digital8 and Hi8which share a physical medium. I don't think you can get an 8mm -> Digital device, so you'd need to go through the RCA cables, as described above. [And though Hi8 is actually 8mm in width, it's not quite the same as the other "8mm" format... for whatever odd reason someone decided.... frown.gif]
However, I suspect you ARE actually working with Hi8, so this shouldn't be a problem.

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We have a digital video camera DCR-TRV460 we've tried to play back cassettes on it to edit, etc and they don't show up on the viewer and there is no number change it's as if there is no tape


While this seem very basic, please follow these steps…
1. Press Open and open the LCD
2. Slide the Power Switch repeatedly until you reach the Play/Edit mode
3. Touch the Rewind button ( ◄◄ ) until you reach the part of the tape you wish to watch.
4. Touch the Play/Pause button ( ll ) to begin playback
5. Touch the Stop button ( ) to stop playback
6. Touch the Pause button to ( ll ) to pause
7. Touch Fast Forward button ( ►► )

If you need the manual to review, here's a link to it...
http://www.docs.sony.com/release/DCRTRV460.pdf

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I have tape frome another video camera and I can not get it to play in my DCR-TRV250 video camera


All of the camcorders are designed to record and play on certain type of tape. If you try to record or play a different tape, it will not work.

example of different type of tapes are 8mm, digital 8. digital Etc. Your manual has all of the compatable tapes for your camcorder.

If you do not have your manual, use this link to download it for FREE

http://www.docs.sony.com/release/DCRTRV250.PDF

look at page 15 for all supported tapes

GOOD LUCK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I tried it, and IT WORKED!!

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I too was having a problem playing back my 8mm in my TRV460. The audio and video was both very glitchy. I tried what dyz66 said and rewound to the start of the tape,and then recorded about 10 seconds of meaninless video. After that the whole tape played nice and clear. Thanks for the idea. I believe from here on out I'm going to buy some new tapes to try and avoid this.

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This was often caused by mixing brands of tape. Do not use head cleaners more than absolutely necessary. More than half a dozen times or so, and heads are toast.

Use quality tapes of the same make/length, from new, and you will be fine. (the coatings on the tapes vary, and can/did interact with each other.)

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