I have lots of tapes I filmed using another Sony camcorder (unfortunately I can recall the model)...
since I bought this new Sony TVR228e I haven't been able to play any of my old tapes.
The camcorder records properly in a new tape and plays it normally, but if I insert one of my old tapes all I get is a blue screen and a buzzing noise although the counter runs as if it was reading the tape
The menu doesn't offer a possible configuration to change the way (format) in which the camcorder reads tapes.
please, could anyone help me with this problem?
or is just not possible to play different tapes in different camcorders (even when is the same type of tape for both).
thanks a lot!
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Re: not reading Hi8 tapes
I am not sure where you are located but the camcorder you're trying to use now is a PAL version of Sony's 8mm camcorder. If the tapes you recorded earlier were recorded in D8 (digital 8) or 8mm/Hi8 format NTSC, they will not play correctly in this unit. The NTSC and PAL formats are different and not compatible.
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The Sony DCR-TRV130 is a D8 digital camcorder which is not compatible with Hi8 camcorders.
You need to have an Hi8 camcorder or DCR-TRV103 or similar camcorders that backward compatible with Hi8 camcorders.
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.... ] However, I suspect you ARE actually working with Hi8, so this shouldn't be a problem.
I would not recomend playing the tapes. If that fungus scratches the head you could be in for a massive repair bill. The best you can do is try to wipe it off with cotton buds. I just hope it's not widespread or you could have lost them for good. Only a specialist lab (film restorer) could rescue them then.
I have the exact same camera and same exact same problem. Any analog Video8 or Hi-8 camcorder or VCR will play these tapes.
By using the same cassettes as Hi8, many (NOT ALL) Digital8 (produced by Sony exclusively) camcorders are able
to play analog Video8/Hi8 recordings, preserving compatibility with
already recorded analog tapes.
you can connect Digital8 camcorders to your computer to download your movies for editing or Internet use.
As of 2008, Digital8 camcorders have been
removed from the equipment offered by Sony.
Did u try to connect your cam to a DVD recorder and record a dvd with the information from your tapes? Or I suggest to go to an electronic store and ask about a video converter package (Plextor and Dazzle both from Pinnacle Studio) and they will give you all the information. If you have more question please do not hesitate. Best regards