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Old Sony Handycam Video 8 CCD TR36

How can I ensure the best quality video coming off my cassettes -- there seems to be tracking problems during playback on the Handycam. (Or, is it deteriorating after six years?) Should I clean the heads or realign the tracks -- if so, can you tell me how?

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Re: Old Sony Handycam Video 8 CCD TR36

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.

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