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Camcorder won't playback most Hi8 tapes

I purchased a DCRTRV285E and was told that it could record in PAL but playback NTSC tapes. It doesn't pickup the timecode of most of my old HI8 and 8 mm tapes. My Hi8 and 8mm tape collection is about 15 years old. Any help would be appreciated, thanks.

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Re: Camcorder won't playback most Hi8 tapes

The literature states that the 285E is backwards compatible.

Posted on Aug 13, 2007

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Re: Camcorder won't playback most Hi8 tapes

May be your camera not design to play the analog tape...there are some model that can playback a analog tape...i think your camera is for digital playback only.... check your user manual

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