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Adjust tracking When trying to copy from the sony to a DVD to transfer home movies, the tape needs it's picture adjusted. I can't find the standard 'tracking' button. ANy suggestions?

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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.

Posted on Sep 18, 2007

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SOURCE: Sony TRV128 - Will not transfer sound to DVD

There is an S-video jack in the front of the cam, the S-video cable is rather inexpensive and available at most stores that have electronics.

Posted on Dec 01, 2007

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Sony camcorders has no tracking control for user.
I think video head is dirty / clogged. Put good quality video head cleaning tape in camcorder and check.
Its almost 15 years old camcorder.

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SOURCE: Transferring movie from tape to PC

Could that be you don't played the tape. When capturing the cam should be playing.

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SOURCE: Having problem with sound playback from TDK Metal 8 tapes

I don't remember where I read it, but somewhere like this site.
Just as you start the play back, give your camera a bump with the heal of your hand. This has worked a couple times, and the issue seems to be with just the metal tapes. My husband was a bit appalled until it worked. It might not solve the issue long term, but I was wanting to recover baby footage so I wanted to just get it done.

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3 possible reasons:
1. Your video head needs cleaning;
2. The pinch roller is no longer making full contact with the entire tape width; or
3. Your capstan motor is running out of standard speed.

Corrective procedures would call for:
A. Clean the video head with a tape head cleaner;
B. Clean, re-align or replace the pinch roller; or
C. Re-calibrate the capstan speed. In some models, there are 2 adjusting trimpots for SP, LP and SLP speeds. This procedure would call for a special tachometer and/or an alignment tape. In the absence, you perhaps can try winging it (adjust till you are satisfied and no picture roll). To determine which are the trimpots, you need a service manual or at least a schematic/parts placement diagram. Further you need to be familiar with electronic components and circuitry as well as use of a DVM. of course this would involve running/diagnosing/adjusting with the case/cover open and the unit plug in to the mains and running. This would also call for extreme care working with live units.

Should you not be comfortable doing a DIY, perhaps your best option would be to seek the services of a qualified VCR technician.

Hope this be of help/idea. Pls post back how things turned out or should you need additional information.

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