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If you are getting a blue screen while trying to play back a tape that you know has a recording on it then its gonna be 1 of 2 things, No.1 your video heads have gotten dirty and you need to get a cleaning tape to run through the tape path to clean the unit, or No2 if your cleaning it doesnt help then you are going to need to have the video heads replaced. Usually once the heads are replaced they check the alignments for you as well and do a proper cleaning.
I hope this helps
If the tape plays correctly in the Canon camcorder, here are a couple of possible reasons for the issues you are having:
1. the Samsung camcorder has a cleaning issue - try running a dry head cleaning tape for about 5 to 10 seconds and see if that helps.
2. The alignment is off between the two different camcorders. Nothing you personally can do about that, but a repair center would be able to correctly align the tape path on both camcorders.
Do the tapes that you record on the Samsung have issues when you play them back on the Samsung? If so, you have a problem with that camcorder (may be cleaning, but could be a mechanism problem) Hope this has helped you. www.austintelstarservices.com
Answer is No. 2. You probably had light clogged heads and by running couple of tapes, you have cleaned it somewhat. Now complete the cleaning using a new head cleaning tape. Run it for about 10 seconds but not more and you'll be ok. It is recomended to clean head by professional soon. Technician will be cleaning each head manually and you would be sleeping well for a lot longer. -James
Were your tapes recorded in extended play? Sometimes that will make it impossible for a different tape deck to play it back correctly. The tolerences on Hi-8 are very small so it is possible that a tiny alignment difference will make it impossible to play back a pre-recorded tape. Try fast forwording and rewinding the tape and try it again. Also try playing it from different parts of the tape. Go to the middle of the tape and try it there.
The heads are clogged or the alignment is out. In either case, a professional cleaning and alignment should be done. This should not require any parts, just labor. Bring this to a shop as specialized equipment and tapes are required for proper alignment.
Head alignment (re-aligning the tracks) is not something we as owners can undertake - it has to be done professionally.
You can however quite safely clean the heads by using one of the dry cleaning tapes sold for the purpose. I have used an 8mm/Hi-8 cleaning tape made by TDK for a number of years with good results. Remember that if your heads are dirty both recording and playback will be affected and once you have cleaned the heads you need to test the camera by recording new footage and then playing it back to see if matters have improved. Good Luck.
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
going off. My camera is a Canon zr80 digital camcorder. (Called Canon,
they had me reset it & then recommended sending it in).