I have a number of old tapes from an 8mm camcorder. The camcorder is about 13 years old and has some playback issues, one of which is there is no audio. I got another camera to play the tapes back and move them to DVD but there is no audio coming through on this one either.
The camera that did the original recording is a Hitachi VM-E510a 8mm camcorder. The second camera that I tried is a Canon E06 Canovision 8, Hi-Fi Stereo 8mm camcorder.
I know the problem is not with the TV, cables, or inputs as I have tested all of them with other devices.
I read somewhere that 8mm camcorders record the audio and video in the same stream making it very difficult to dub or edit one without the other. If this is the fact how could I lose audio on the tapes??? I am going to try to get another camera but would appreciate any help that is available. Any ideas as to why I am not getting the sound out of these tapes.
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If it is an old tape which has been used before, there may be creases caused where the pinch wheel pressed against the roller. Try again with a brand new tape. If this is not the issue, he a service is called for.
Have the same problem. This is what I have found in trying to solve the problem. It appears that it is a tracking problem and it appears that either your new "used" camera has the problem or your original camera had the problem.
A simple test would be to take another camcorder and see if the tapes play. If they do, and a recently recorded tape DOES NOT, you may just need to get another camera. Or, see if the camera can be re-tracked at a repair shop. However, be sure you have copies of your most recent tapes recorded with the bad tracking
Problem is dirty / clogged video head of v-8 player or camcorder what ever you are using for playback. Use good quality video head cleaning cassette for head cleaning. Please check tapes on another camcorder as tapes seems OK.
This seems like a tape playback problem. Can you look at the output of the tape in the camera directly into a monitor? And checking the tapes on another machine would also be good.
The fast movement breakup can be something in the playback circuitry of the camera. It may not show up in the viewfinder. Also yo umay try repacking the tape. Fast forward it to the end and rewind it all the way.
If you ran it through that many 8mm players, I'm going to say that the tape has something wrong with it.
You can see visually if there is anything wrong with the tape by releasing the cover by moving the tape and visually inspect the tape for anything that could be frayed. Usually you can see it on the bottom of the tape.
Sometimes the takeup can be messed up in the tape too. Once you release the tape cover, you can turn the white wheels to see if there is any slack in them.
What it is, is the standard 8mm tapes are not digital, and therefore won't import into imovie, unless you have the 8mm to Hi8 option enabled in playback mode, by setting it in the menu, under playback settings.
I Had a similar problem with my 8600. Most likely the camera is also no longer recording. There were two problems I found, either one could have caused the problem. 1) the 8mm tape was not actually moving through the record/play head. With modern cameras. there are no indications that the tape is actually moving. 2) the record/play head is dirty. What I did was remove the side plate that covers the tape cassette to allow me to verify that the tape was moving properly. After that, I removed the tape, removed the battery, and used isopropyl alcohol and a q tip to clean the head. I imagine there are cleaning tapes that one can buy to do this as well. though I doubt they work as well as a q tip. THere are two screws that hold the cover on.