Just took my 1989 Canon A1 hi-8 video camera out of storage to transfer my Hi8(8mm) tapes to DVD and am unable to get the tapes to play. whenever I insert a tape I get a flashing ''eject'' on the screen. the manual states this means the ''safety mechanism is on'' and instructs to remove and re insert the tape, but the same thing happens. I can find no info in the manual about the ''safety mechanism''. Any ideas?????? I replaced the lithium battery as it was dead but that didnt help either. Help!
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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
Hopefull your not going through the tv and then to your dvd recorder
transfer should go straight from your camera to the dvd recorder.
you may also want to but a head cleaner for a mini dv camcorder,run it twice and try recoding again.If that doesnt work,you may have a problem with the heads inside of the camera.If thats the case,it would need to go to canon or an authorized service center.
To the best of my knowledge 8mm VTR's have not been available for some time now. On the other hand there are plenty of Hi8 cameras and players available after market. eBay is a great source. Keep in mind that Hi8 cameras and decks will also play standard 8mm video tapes. There are also many video tape transfer services that will transfer your 8mm tapes to DVD or other formats of your choice. Just Google "videotape transfer service"
Since my request..Found i could answer my own questions. Brought firewire card with 6 pin socket.Also brought a cable with a 6 pin to fit the firewire card @ a 4 pin on the other end for the camera .Found my install cd. Loaded the USB installation. Got my connection completed between the camera @ the computer.With regard to the tape formats no problems at all.With nero 6 not sure yet.My home movies go back as far as 1989 and the quality is as good as new.Hope SONY don't stop making the dv tapes. With the external hard drives for editing @ storage need an answer for capacity James from Auckland New Zealand.
I am having the same problem with a Sony Digital 8, When I hit play I see blue screen buy when I press play and fast foward I see the same gray scan lines> Did you have a stuck tape or problems ejecting tape? I think it is more than cleaning the heads. When I try to record it indicates no tape in camera.
only sony really supported 8mm look for any trv model cam on ebay etc and make sure you tapes were hi 8mm-not digital 8-digital 8 won't play on reg 8mm cam-need to get model that supports both formats then-trv480-look at tapes and if they say digital and/or hi 8 they may have been in digital and get the 480 it will work with both types
I have the same issue myself with my gillion of family tapes and my Hi8 unit broken! The only remedy I have found is to either invest in a new lower price HI8 unit, rent a unit and get my transfers done, or pay to have the old tapes put on dvd professionally. None of these options are too appealing to me, but really seem to be the only options available. If only HI8 had an adapter like VHS-C! I personally would look on some of the online resellers to see if you can obtain a unit that is lower priced to meet your needs. Investing overall in a Hi8 as your only camcorder is not advised, due to it being almost obsolete technology.