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?
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Hi, If video head got clogged then camcorder wont read tape in playback so result comes as blue screen. Please use video head cleaning tape and clean video head of camcorder. This will solve your problem. Video-8 head cleaning tape is available with amazon.com Thanks.
There is control switch block that has zoom/wide switch along with play, rewind, forward, stop, pause buttons and this switch block flip up and down while ejecting/ load tape in camcorder, this will be replaced as zoom/wide switch got defective and sending continues command of zoom to system control chip. Let me know if you need part number of switch block control for DCR-TRV120
I recently had similar problem. Sony Phone tech support was very helpful. The answers were strange. You need to make sure the cameral is turned off, unpluged and take the battery out for at least 5 minutes. (something to do with reseting firmware). That sort of worked when coupled with there last comment which was to RECORD about 15 seconds and play it back. Mine was instantly healed!
In 1990s Sony camcorder records movie in analog format so playing in digital camcorder like DCR-TRV730 doesn't mean it will be converted in digital format and you can not import file in PC for editing purpose. You will get analog signal while playing back old cassettes.
Regarding SP, LP speed, its decided at time of recording. Camera sens SP or LP automatically in playback and set itself accordingly.
If you want to convert old cassettes into digital format, connect our camcorder to DVD recorder and burn DVD which is digital format, copy DVD files in to PC and do desired editing.
It very well could be a bad drum causing your problem. Be sure that the servicer you select is a Sony trained and recommended service center as they will have the latest bulletins information and training for your camcorder. I just checked on your camcorder and found this bulletin relating to your problem: Blocking and Choppy Playback (Appears to be a dirty or defective head drum)
Symptoms / Customer Description Blocking noise in the video during playback. Objects that were taped in motion are choppy. [Primary Symptom Code: 1330 ]
Multiple D8 models utilizing the M2000 tape mechanism.
Cleaning the tape path has no effect on improving the symptom.
resolution, clean the point of contact on the video drum where the drum
ground arm, ref # 804 comes into contact with the drum assy. After
cleaning the point of contact, make sure the drum ground arm #804 is
still touching the Head drum assy.
(Note:After the tape path
has been cleaned, the symptom in this issue will persist and lead most
technicians to believe that the drum assy itself is defective.
Replacing the drum assy complete will correct the problem, but it is
not necessary if the only problem is a dirty contact point on the drum assy from the ground contact.)
So you may not have a bad drum, but only a poor connection. This is why you want a Sony authorized tech to look at it. If you have any further questions, please let me know.
your guides have come loose , probably - the
digital sound will be next to go because the
bottom edge of your tapes are being folded -
open the cassette tape lid by pressing the
small pin near one hinge and gently lifting
the door - if there are any creases ? get the
guides aligned ! to protect your library ;
( if there are no creases , try a sony
d8 cleaning tape - once ! before getting a
repair quote ) ;