Question about Hitachi VMH665LA Hi-8 Analog Camcorder
Everything seems to work except when i'm ready to record, there is nothing in the view finder. I can playback what i taped in vcr mode but when i record even though i can't see what i'm recording, it's all black in playback mode. Anyway nothing is rattling and everything else seems fine.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Trying to copy camcorder tapes
If you really value the material, then the best thing is to transfer it to a digital media rather than VHS. various digital media can be almost indestructible, whereas vhs tapes will eventually die, depending on the quality of the tape and the temperature / humidity in which they are stored. There are a few options for doing this. If you have a PC (or Mac) then there are numerous analog to digital video converting devices and software. First you need a video input/capture card in the computer, then software often comes with these. Otherwise windows movie maker, which I believe is bundled with windows XP service pack 2, apparently works for basic procedures. Have a look at this link - I haven't tried the item myself but it looks good for the money and has had good reviews; http://www.amazon.com/ADS-Tech-Video-Xpress-USBAV-191-EF/dp/B0009UDABW But there are many different ones. Another option is to use a professional studio to digitize your tapes - they are normally quite expensive because although the operation is not particularly complicated, it can be very time consuming. http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs/hughes/194 check this link for more ideas. As to the fast-forwarding issue, I have no real solution, but you should be able to edit this digitally easily enough. I suspect a fault with the camera, probably an overheating issue, but maybe as simple as a worn internal switch. tape faults are also a possibility. The age of the camcorder would suggest that it is probably not worth fixing, if you would like to try though please post again. My advice - go digital, get a studio to do it, use a good one and your footage will be preserved for ever in near perfect quality. The longer you leave it, the worse the tapes may become. else if you want to do it yourself, follow the first link and hunt around for other hardware - any problems please ask. Hope this helps :)
Posted on Mar 26, 2007
It depends on what speed these tapes were first recorded on. Maybe the camcorder your trying to use to play them back do not support this tape speed I have seen this in the past. Are these 8-MM or VHS-C tapes.. Also the tapes that were recored, maybe tyhere was something wrong with the tape path and was slightly out of alighnment. I had once a Sony 8-MM camcorder and tapes a lot of stuff and then gave them to someone to watch and they would not play. I tryed the tapes again in my camcorder and they worked great. I got a test tape and tryed it in my camcorder and it turned out the tape path alighnment was off, so i had to rerecord everything I had from one camcorder to DVD so i could fix my camcorder. Good Luck
Posted on Mar 26, 2007
I had the same problem - you are (as I was) turning off the camera too soon after you hit the stop button after recording a scene. Wait until the word "disc access" appears (about 5 seconds after you hit the stop button. This "marks" the end of the scene. I just don't know how to edit that scene out or if it will delete it out. I know after finalizing the disc that scene will pause for a while (10 to 20 seconds even) when you watch it through the DVD player to the TV.
Posted on Oct 06, 2007
SOURCE: flashing tape!
this is because there is lot of condensation taken place inside.. so keep the eject tray open and most important in a clean dry place say atleast 3 to 4 days...
Posted on Aug 03, 2008
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