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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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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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Re: Playback

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.

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