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VHS-C tape jumpy when playing back

I am trying to play back the movies I have on several VHS-C tapes but they keep skipping. When they skip, the audio cuts out and the video goes to blue screen. I have tried a couple VCR's and adjusting the tracking and am still experiencing the problem. The camcorder went bad a couple of years ago. Is there something I can do to get the tapes to play correctly?

I had to identify a product to post this, but we are having the problem on Maxell, Sony and TDK tapes and two different brands of VCR's.

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  • Anonymous Mar 04, 2009

    They are home movies on VHS-C tapes I recorded on a Panasonic camcorder between 2001 and 2004. Sorry, I was not aware store bought videos had been available on VHS-C.

  • Josh Dawson Mar 04, 2009

    They are home movies on VHS-C tapes I recorded on a Panasonic camcorder
    between 2001 and 2004. Sorry, I was not aware store bought videos had
    been available on VHS-C.

  • Josh Dawson Mar 04, 2009

    Thanks jtalsman. So am I experiencing a weak signal or did the tapes somehow become "Macrovision" protected? If they became "Macrovision" protected how could it have happened so I can avoid doing it to any other tapes? And most important, which amplifier(s) would you recommend?

  • Josh Dawson Mar 04, 2009

    Thanks jtalsman! So is this a problem with the signal being too weak or did the tapes somehow become copy protected with Macrovision? If they did become copy protected, how do I avoid having the tapes which don't skip become copy protected?

    Which signal amplifiers would you recommend? I want to be able to import the video into my MacBook Pro so I can burn them to DVD.

  • Josh Dawson Mar 04, 2009

    Oops, I didn't see that the comment I posted earlier showed up, long day.

  • Jay Alsman May 11, 2010

    Are these Home movies, or store bought videos?

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When I had the same problem, one of my friends told me to try pressing and holding the tracking button on the remote and it worked! :)

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When tapes get older or are played frequently, they begin to stretch. Sometimes this throws the audio and video slightly out of sync and other times the video just cuts to a gray, or blue screen. All you can do is try to adjust the tracking and transfer to DVD ASAP.
There is no macrovision on home movies, and nothing like that was ever available on any type of VHS-C, so disregard the post above.
For copy protected tapes the macrovision only shows up as color bars or static when the VCR is plugged into another VCR or DVD conversion device directly. You must go through the TV first to see signal.

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My apologies, I overlooked the "-C" in your post.

This problem is due to a type ofcopy protection built into vcr's.

"Macrovision" copy-protection is merely a weakening of a particular part of the signal that makes up the picture and was primarily intended to prevent people from copying videotapes. I imagine almost everyone's seen it but probably didn't know what they were seeing: the resulting picture is a little jittery and is in black-and-white or alternates between black-and-white and color. The reason you're seeing a blue screen is because modern televisions, in the absence of a signal or a weak signal, will just show a blue screen instead of snow or a very poor picture. As mentioned above, you can get around Macrovision by inserting into your connections a signal amplifier that specifically amplifies the portion of the signal that Macrovision diminishes.

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