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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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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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Re: Playback problems started suddenly

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.

Posted on May 27, 2008

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