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Will not show picture

Try playing back a recorded tape and it will not show a picture what could be wrong?

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SOURCE: Will not playback tapes

a sony cleaning cassette may clear the gunk from your friend ' s possibly ? bad tapes ( do not rewind it - or the gunk will be redeposited ) ; if still no video , get an estimate to have your heads and guides cleaned . . . professionally ;

Posted on Aug 02, 2007

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SOURCE: SONY HANDYCAM CCD TRV-108

All of a sudden no picture appears on the screen when recording or playing back. It will play old tapes that have been recorded, but won't record any new pictures, just sound. Did I press something? It worked a month ago and hasn't been used since.

Posted on May 02, 2008

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Posted on Jul 22, 2008

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SOURCE: Mode for playback of older 8mm tapes using Sony DCR-TRV730 ?

In 1990s Sony camcorder records movie in analog format so playing in digital camcorder like DCR-TRV730 doesn't mean it will be converted in digital format and you can not import file in PC for editing purpose. You will get analog signal while playing back old cassettes.

Regarding SP, LP speed, its decided at time of recording. Camera sens SP or LP automatically in playback and set itself accordingly.

If you want to convert old cassettes into digital format, connect our camcorder to DVD recorder and burn DVD which is digital format, copy DVD files in to PC and do desired editing.

Posted on Nov 24, 2008

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SOURCE: Horizontal grey lines running whe camcorder in play mode

Its symptoms of dirty / clogged video head. Please use Sony video head cleaning tape to clean video head.

Posted on Jan 28, 2009

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