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Hi8 camcorder not working

I have a HI8 Digital camcorder SCL700 that is not working at all. It's like new, very few hours on it only a half dozen tapes ever recorded. I thought the batteries were completely dead, bought a new one, still NOTHING! It will not play or record with the LED open, and even through the viewfinder it see a blinking error message like D.EMG - EJECT. The manual only says that means it needs service....[LOL]!!!Any help here?? Steve

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I had a problem the same as yours and I found the problem on the ribbon wire connected to the board where all the control button is located ( stop, rew, play, fwd pause). The problem occur because everytime you eject the tape from the loading mechanism the ribbon wire also move like your cutting it into pieces. sorry for my english hope you get the idea.... wait for the photo and i'll show you what i mean.. hope this will give you the solution you need.

Posted on Sep 15, 2006

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SOURCE: Problems with playback of HI8 tapes...

What's happening is that the tape in the cassette is being chewed on one side by the camera's tape transporting mechanism during playback, hence the distorted image and sound. The mechanism might be damaged (misalignment) or just dirty. Try not to play other tapes on this unit because they will become permanently damaged. The best way is to find another camcorder (if cleaning does not help). Note that some old cassettes of long recording time will exhibit this behavior more often because of thinner tape used.

Posted on Jun 21, 2008

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Did you try removing batteries to see if it clears error?
this is first thing to do.

Posted on Aug 09, 2008

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SOURCE: Need an urgent solution regarding "Protection" problem (I have a program to record in next 2 hours) pls pls help !!!

have suddenly getting a "Protection" message in Camera mode. - The viewfinder is OK and i can see the view but a "Protection!" message is blinking in the middle of the screen and the record button is not working if i press

Posted on Aug 10, 2008

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Many electronic store retailers will have these in stock!

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Give a call before you head over to any store and let them
know you are looking for HI8 tapes for a camcorder.

Posted on Nov 08, 2008

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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.

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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.... frown.gif]
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I tried it, and IT WORKED!!

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