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Very grainy playback

While recording and during playback of tapes on my Sony Handycam CCD-TR416 there are lines that resemble small "dashes" all across the picture. I'm not sure if the actual tape is recording grainy or if it's just showing up through the viewfinder and playing back grainy. At times, during playback, the screen also goes momentarily to a blue screen and then back to the grainy recording. I tried to use a friend's Sony Camcorder to determine if the tapes themselves were grainy or if they are just playing back that way because of a problem with the camcorder. Her camcorder won't play my tapes at all. I'm not sure why this is as it seems to me that any Sony Handycam that uses Hi8 tapes should be compatible with another. We tried cleaning the heads of my camcorder using a video head cleaner but that didn't help. I would like to dub my camcorded tapes to DVD's but at this point have no way to do so because of this problem. I'd like to know what might cause this graininess and also I'd like to know why my tapes won't play on another Sony Handycam. I hope someone can offer some advice. I hate to spend a fortune taking the camcorder to a repair shop if there is a simple fix, but I will if that is the only solution. Thank you in advance for any help. Debi D.

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Same problem with my Sony CCD-TR416 recently. Know what finally worked? With camera playing a tape, I picked up the camera and tapped it sharply on a solid desktop. Had to do it 3 times. I held the camera with two hands, one on each side of the camera, raised it about 3 to 5 inches off the desktop and then quickly tapped it on the desk holding the camera parallel to the desktop so that it solidly hit with all of the lower surface of the camera body.

I know it sounds crazy. I swear it worked. I had tried cleaning the heads over and over. I examined them with a 20x loupe and they looked fine. I doubt that the problem was oxide and debris build-up on the heads.

I planned to order a new head/drum just to see if I could manage the replacement procedure by myself (I'm a chronic do-it-yourselfer/experimenter). I guess I don't need to do that now.

Why did the slam technique work? My guess: Inside the rotating head, there must be some sort of electronic track like the brushes of a motor or something similar.. Some sort of debris must have been involved in a corruption of the transfer of impulses from the heads. A few taps and it broke free.

If banging it on the desk didn't work, I was next planning to remove the drum to check for bad connections. I'm sorry I didn't have to do that.

Nevertheless, don't listen to everyone when they say that the "heads must be dirty." Nope. With the loupe, I could see mine were sparkling clean. But, I still had those multiple horizontal rows of short white streaks obliterating the video image. Tap. Tap. Tap. Now they're gone.

Try it. Couldn't hurt. Though chances are, you won't see this. I'm posting 6 months after your original post. I just happened upon your post as I researched the problem through Google. Neverthelss, someone might see my response someday and maybe they, too, will get luck with the tap, tap, tap procedure.

Posted on Jan 15, 2008

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Wow banging three times worked for me too!

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Amazing - I was looking for a head cleaner for my camera when I stumbled upon this site. Without even attempting to clean the heads I did as KentuckyDIY said and it worked like a charm!

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This is typical symptom of a dirty video head. this ahappens especially if you play a tape with molds. Cleaning tapes may or may not work. the effectiveness is based on: 1. If the contamination is severe, sometimes the dirt really sticks to the head. You will not normally see this because the head is the tiny part on the head drum that spins. 2. If you use a non original head cleaner 3. If you re-use a tape cleaner. I had this problem on my Sony Hi8 camcorder, i had to mannually remove the dirt on the tape head. I will not recommend to do it as it may damage the head. What I would recommedn first is to buy a Sony head cleaner, and try to clean the head. You may try more than once, it will not damage the head right away. If this does not work, before you send it for repair, ask for estimate. Maybe it is cheaper to buy an analog Hi8 player on ebay rather that send it for repair. And BTW if you have a Hi8 camera, it can play both video8 and Hi8. If you have a video8 camera, it wont be able to play Hi8.

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Can't believe it but it worked for me too! Not perfect but MUCH improved. Hit it three times and it cleared right up. Hit it one more time and the lines came back, then disappeared again... so I am not confident the fix will last but hopefully it will!

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