Question about Sony Handycam DCR-TRV460 Digital Camcorder

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Playback Hi, I have been copying my tapes from my Sony to DVD with success until I experienced tracking problems which seem to essentially be the digital tapes or at least 80%. They play with hesitation and skips like an old LP. I have nearly 25 tapes to burn and of course this camera is now going the way of the dinosaur so I cannot replace it easily. I look forward to your suggestions.

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  • Amiles Sep 19, 2007

    Thank you. I was able to locate the last surviving cleaning tape for this particular model and bought it. So, we'll see what happens.
    I am assuming that I can locate information on changing the tension of the video heads in the manual but if not.... can you help again?

    Thanks

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There can be a lag of audio to video if you are recording extended parts without stopping and creating chapters. I noticed this when recording 1 hr to dvd. If I break up scenes to 15 min or so it seems to work better.

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    Larry Stiles Nov 24, 2010

    tension on many models is done by replacing the reel tables. I can rebuild them however. It involves taking them apart and stretching the spring a little.

  • reotrucks Nov 24, 2010

    Is this something I can do or am I better off sending the camera out to a repairman?

    reotrucks.

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Most likely needs to have the heads cleaned, running that many tapes can clug your video heads. if this still does not work the take up tension might be a little low. you can fix this for free, but try having it cleaned 1st.

Posted on Sep 18, 2007

  • Larry Stiles
    Larry Stiles Sep 19, 2007

    here is the deal on the tension adj. the take up reel , the spindle on the right as you look down into the mechanism ,must be removed taken apart with your fingers , carefully and the spring inside it has to be stretched, not to much, but try and make this coil spring about 1/2 again as long as it was, twice as long is to much. reassembly the take up reel and snap it back in, it's a snap. do this adds more pressure on the felt clutch in the reel which will increase torque on the video head. I'm not a big fan of the cleaning tapes which just move the dirt around. they should be cleaned by hand with alcohol cleaning sticks ,only cleaning sideways, never up and down, then dried with compressed air. good luck

  • reotrucks Nov 24, 2010

    I am having similar problem with my 6 year old TRV460. Do you have an illustration and step by step on how to do the tension adjustment.

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