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Playback problems started suddenly

I have about 125 tapes, half of them D8 tapes recorded with the DCR-TRV460 and half of them 8mm and Hi-8 tapes recorded with an older Sharp camera I no longer have. Up until now, all of them would play fine in the DCR-TRV460. I have started going through all of them to collect the best footage and copy it to my computer to make DVDs.
Everything went fine for the first 10 tapes or so, then all of a sudden today nothing will play right. 8mm and Hi-8 tapes are playing with lots of vertical white lines which are constantly shifting around, and there is no sound on these tapes. D8 tapes will play, with a clear image and sound, but the motion is very jerky, not smooth at all.
I ran a cleaning tape through it and that made no difference. What cause this sudden change in the camera? I didn't drop it or anything. Is this going to mean an expensive trip to a repair shop or to Sony? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!

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  • PenName Apr 29, 2008

    I have exactly the same problem; same circumstances (mix of D8 and Video8 tapes I am trying to transfer to DVD, so that I can get rid of this "tape" nonsense), same symptoms (vertical lines, no sound on Video8 and jumpy playback on D8), and my only hope was that a cleaning tape would fix the problem (I just ordered one.)

    My problem started when I tried playing back a Video8 tape. The tape was at a position close to its ends, it played fine. I rewound to about halfway of its length, and it played fine. When I rewound it further to about 25% of length and played it I noticed the very prominent vertical lines, and lack of sound. I rewound further, tried another tape, and another. The lines are gone, but picture with Video8 is grainy and there is not sound. I then tried a D8 tape, and for a while the LCD was blue, and the counter did not work. I tried several different tapes, and the camcorder seemed to come back, but then I tried a Video8 tape with no success, and the problem came back for D8 as well. Toward the beginning of the D8 tapes the camcorder handles them as Hi8, if it's about half way or beyond tape length it handles them as D8, but the payback is jumpy.

    I still have about 20 tapes 75% Video8, 25% D8, very frustrated, and have sworn never to buy anything SONY (This is not the first time a Sony product from which I expected a lot has turned to be a piece of rubbish.)

  • sunbroesche Nov 07, 2008

    I also have a Sony DCR-TRV460 it will record and sometimes playback on the tv but not on the camera. I also have purchased a tape cleaner and tried that and still cannot playback. It seems to record good but no playback?




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I had the same problem. I fixed it by gently dropping the camcorder on the carpeted floor. I know it sounds silly, but it really works. I've had to do it twice, and it worked both times. I hope it works for you.

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  • yawehlives Jul 03, 2011

    I had the same problem with the "re-insert cassette" message. I did the same thing - dropped the camera gently from a foot and a half on a bed. It worked! When I close the inside cassette door I gently press the top left side until it catches (that is where the latch is located). I may have pressed both sides trying to get the door to close when it wasn't cooperating thereby causing the latch to fail to connect. Another cause perhaps was leaving the camera idle for a year without using.


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Hello Bob92116 & PenName,
Camcoder needs lapping of video head, because it became dirty and this can be done at nearest Sony repair shop. I think it doesn't cost much.
In my point of view, reason of this clogged head is your Old Tapes having enough amount of dirt on tape.

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