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Choppy playback from my Sony Digital 8 DCR-TRV120

I have a nearly 9-years-old Sony Digital 8 camcorder. Recently, it has been playing video back very poorly - sometimes the screen on the TV just turns blue. I had been planning on capturing all the video and putting it on my computer for conversion to DVD but haven't had a hard drive with the space for that...until now. Unfortuantely, I can not capture the video the way the playback is performing. Sometimes, it plays more cleanly than others but it seems to be on a downhill slide.

Is this a tape head problem? Is there any potential relatively low-cost action I can take to see if I can fix the problem. I don't want to have to spend a lot of money to pay someone to convert this all to DVD. And I certainly can't get rid of the years of valuable video I've shot.

I will add that a couple of years ago, we did leave the camera outside and it got rained on. I thought it was ruined but after drying out it appeared to work ok, although there are some minor glitches now.

Is there any advice on what I can try with my existing camera that might fix the playback problem?

Thanks.

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  • hollyeby Apr 08, 2009

    My TRV-120 just developed the same problem and it's never experienced any abuse. Is there a device that you can plug hi8 tapes into to capture directly to my computer?

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I think you are don with that camera , If you know of a friend or someone who has a similar try playing back your tapes if they do then just forget about your camera and simply replace it

Posted on Jan 26, 2009

  • bahabala Oct 29, 2010

    i bought mine off Amazon, not sure how old it really is... I have the same problem.. I've noticed tho.. if i record a bit @ the beginning of the tape, or record onto a new blank tape, the tape i wanted to watch plays back fine... other than that the audio, and frames stutter.. so now with every tape i record like 10 seconds of "whatever" to insure i have that little bit to record again to make the tape play back fine.. lol.. i hope that may help with your situation as well!

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