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.
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.
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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I push the VHS Cartridge in, it drops down to the play position, the front door opens, the tape comes out, it goes around the chrome wheel that is spinning, but it will not play, will not rewind, will not fast forward. It then shows "Error" and the machine shuts off, with the tape still around the chrome wheel, When I turn the machine back on, the VHS Cartridge ejects from the machine. This machine has been used very little, I loaned it to my Son In Law and it came back with the VHS Tape Deck not playing. I have the machine open, so I can see what it is doing.
I like many people have bought a Bluray movie for my BRDVD Bluray player to have it not work. It is unfortunate part of Bluray and near every player has or will have some disc that will not play until a later update is made.
I noticed that it is really hard to find list that tell you what Bluray movies have problems as well as what those problems are. I will have a short list and will try to keep it updated whenever I get a report that a Bluray is having problems. Please report any problems by sending me a email at Tthekraut@yahoo.com or sending me a message in the comments here.
Inglorious Bastards-Disc will skip back and not play movie through the main screen. No fix is confirmed.
Couples Retreat- Main movie will not play. No fix is confirmed.
An Education(BBC video)-Movie skips back to main screen and will not play main video.No fix is confirmed
Alvin and the chipmunks-Main movie will not play. No is confirmed at this time.
"9"(Nine)- Main movie will not play. No fix confirmed
Twilight- Canada only- Movie would not play. Please contact the company located on the disk sleeve. It was a glitch that many player could not overcome so it would go back to main menu.
Percy Jackson-said to skip and at times not play at all.
Kick ***- Movie will not play and just gives an error on start up.
Please contact me with any info on fixes and problems. I will make several other lists for other players. I bought Inglorious Bastards and all I have is a $25 coaster now. I would like to keep this updated to help others not do the same. I will post any and all problems people are having with differant disk and any possible solutions.
the audio skipping like that mean that the wires are shorting or frayed... you will have to replace your audio cords. Just as a note if this doesnt fix it theres a chance its inside the ps3 or just your audio reciever. Oh, before you go buying the audio cord try messing with the audio setting in the menu first, it might just be your audio sampling is set too low
Someone here recommended on another post to put the lense cap on &
videotape the blackness in a quiet room for 5-10 mins. I tried this as
a last resort & it worked. When I played back the tape, no more
skipping or gray lines. I had 4-5 SOLID gray lines with skipping video
& audio in between on every tape I put in. I think the person who
helped me solve this said that it was a result of the tape alignment
There are no such adapters that would allow 8mm, Hi8 and Mini DV tapes to be played in a VHS VCR. Only the old VHS-C tapes can fit and play in an adapter.
There are several reasons why 8mm (or Hi8 and miniDV tapes) cannot be physically played in a VHS VCR:
1. 8mm (Hi8, miniDV) is a different format with different technical characteristics than VHS. These formats were never developed with the intention to be mechanically compatible with current VHS technology.
2. 8mm/Hi8 tapes are 8mm wide (miniDV is 6mm wide), while VHS tape is 1/2" wide, making it impossible for a VHS video head to read the taped information correctly.
3. 8mm/Hi8/miniDV tapes are recorded and played at different speeds than VHS, so even if the tapes could physically fit into a standard VHS VCR, the VCR still couldn't play back the tapes at their correct speeds.
4. 8mm/Hi8/minDV audio is recorded differently than VHS. 8mm/Hi8 audio is recorded in AFM HiFi mode, while miniDV audio is recording in 12-Bit or 16-Bit PCM digital audio format. So, even if the video could be played back in a VHS VCR, the audio could not be read properly.
5. 8mm/Hi8 video is of higher resolution than VHS and is recorded in a different bandwidth length (miniDV video is recorded digitally), so once again, a standard VCR still could not read the information correctly, even if the tape could fit into a VCR.