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Transferring camcorder tapes to VHS

Can anyone else shed light onto the problem I have with transferring home camcorder tapes onto VHS. I am using a fairly new (well unused) Hitachi camcorder to play tapes from the 90's which were done on a Sanyo Camcorder. At certain points on some of the tapes they go into 'fast forward' mode. You can see and hear what is going on, only very fast, like it's been taped in 'long play' and I am trying to play it on 'Single Play'? It's very strange. The tapes seem in very good condition and I only ever used them once. Thanks Mandy

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  • Amanda Beaumont Mar 26, 2007

    Thank you Techman.

    All of the tapes were recorded on the Sanyo, which eventually got worn out! We got this Hitachi (it is not the model stated above, I just clicked on Hitachi and it gave me too many to choose from) about 5 years ago and have hardly used it, so I decided to transfer the tapes to VHS. As I said, most of the tapes play fine but then some scenes will go into this "mickey mouse" mode and it spoils the copying. Wish I knew what to do.

  • Amanda Beaumont Mar 28, 2007

    The tapes are 8mm Video Cassette tapes and have only been used to record once. I can't see any damage on them. Last night I tried another tape and the first event I taped on it was fine, the middle event was 'fast forward' and the last thing on the tape was fine? That's very strange isn't it?

    A friend will lend me their Sony camera and I will see how they play on that.

    I really would like to put them on to disc but I suppose thats for when I have more money!

    Again, thank you for your help techman.





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It depends on what speed these tapes were first recorded on. Maybe the camcorder your trying to use to play them back do not support this tape speed I have seen this in the past. Are these 8-MM or VHS-C tapes.. Also the tapes that were recored, maybe tyhere was something wrong with the tape path and was slightly out of alighnment. I had once a Sony 8-MM camcorder and tapes a lot of stuff and then gave them to someone to watch and they would not play. I tryed the tapes again in my camcorder and they worked great. I got a test tape and tryed it in my camcorder and it turned out the tape path alighnment was off, so i had to rerecord everything I had from one camcorder to DVD so i could fix my camcorder. Good Luck

Posted on Mar 26, 2007

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    Larry Dillon Mar 26, 2007

    The tapes could be damaged, look at the tapes where the camcorder goes wacky, see if the tape is curled up or wringled. Not alot one can do. Sorry



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