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Old tapes don't play

I had a Sony DCR-TRV103 camcorder that was stolen. I was recommended to the Sony CCD-TRV138 camera as a replacement. None of the tapes I recorded on the old DCR-TRV103 will play on the CCD-TRV138; all I get is static and noise. I've read online that digital camcorders will not play analog tapes; is the same true in reverse? Do I need to replace my new camera with a digital model? Or is there some switch or toggle or something I need to trigger to get this thing to work? Thanks in advance!

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Re: Old tapes don't play

I have the same problems. Makes me mad. I have a years worth of tapes that I can no longer view. My dog at peed on my old camera which was a digital one.

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Everthing seems to work, except the camera will not record.

Assume you have Sony DCR-HC20 camcorder and it does not show you live view to record, I hope camcorder is playing back old recorded tapes perfectly with good quality picture on its LCD.
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the heads could be dirty or the tape path could be out of alignment.

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Playback *stops* on tapes where I used Aux input to record

It could be that.. you generally want a timebase corrector to properly record from analog tape to some other medium. But maybe not. Most tape-based devices also include a tension sensor, to detect the end-of-tape. If you're using tapes that are too old, cheap, etc. it could be that you're seeing this triggered.

I recommend trying the same VHS recording with a good quality, fresh tape. If it's still kicking off, you at least know it's due to the camcorder having issues with sync or something on the tape. If it works, blame the old tapes.

It's probably camcorder dependent, but I have done tape restorations using Digital8 and DV equipment, and have never known a camcorder to cut itself off due to dropouts or other problems on the tape -- mine just play through. So I think it's at least possible that it's just the tape.

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CCD-TRV138 Attempted to record or play. Not operating.

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