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Video's won't play sound or sound comes and goes during play back

I have a number of old 8mm videos from when my kids were young and I'm trying to transfer them to my PC. On playback the sound either does not play or it comes and goes. If I push on the face plate it seems like it works slightly better. It seems like there must be something that is not adjusted quite right so the pickup is not getting the sound. I also get a blurry area at the bottom of the picture.

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maybe I would buy your camera,
yes as far as I know hi8 and 8mm are completely different cameras,
where are you and how much for the camera?

Posted on Oct 15, 2007

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SOURCE: I want to transfer old pictures from my D.S.C. to the P.C.

i have the same problem

Posted on Oct 01, 2009

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SOURCE: When attempting to transfer to CD for long term

8mm head cleaning tape should be available at most electronic stores.
If the tape does not help after two or three attempts you are best to take it to a techincian.

BTW: The tape is one of the best backup mediums. Transferring to DVD is a great option for viewing only.

Posted on Feb 06, 2011

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maybe I would buy your camera,
yes as far as I know hi8 and 8mm are completely different cameras,
where are you and how much for the camera?

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