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Playback Problems Hi, I have this Sony Digital8 camera and I am having problems with playback. This happens with 99% of my tapes. Most of the tapes are hi8 tapes and recorded in digital format. The problem is basically a jittering or a little skipping of pixels with an image, kind of a scrambling of pixels. The sound will also skip. It's hard to explain, so I put a little video on google's video that show a little scene and you can see what's going on. I would really appreciate any help with that. Thanks so much the video is here

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Re: Playback Problems

Ditto. Old tapes seem to be related to the problem. All I have to do is put in a new tape, play it, remove it, put the old one back in and it will play normally again. I can't explain why. I know the camera has an automatic tape detection feature and I wonder if it is at fault. Perhaps the camera has trouble detecting older tapes and the brains get scrambled. A new tape resets the detector. It's just a guess.

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SOURCE: Hi8 Playback Compatibility with Digital* Camcorders

I believe all Sony model DCR-TRV2XX and 3XX would play Hi 8 and ST8
Such as DCR-TRV265, DCR-TRV285 DCR-TRV340, DCR-TRV355
I hope that give you some ideas

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Recording and playing a new tape worked for me too. Thanks!

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