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Play back of video recorded on a different camcorder

My camcorder battery died, so I used a friends Sony camcorder.  I used one of my blank tapes and recorded my subject.  Now I am trying to watch what I taped on my Sony TRV 87 and all I see is nothing but black.  Is there something I can do to get this tape to play on my camcorder?

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  • themosaic1 Jan 11, 2008

    I finished viewing the tape on my friends camcorder and there is information on the tape. My friends camcorder is the Sony TRV310 which I noticed is digital. I will borrow her camcorder to record the information to my computer. Thank you for your help.

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Hi,

What is the model of your friend's camcorder?

Posted on Jan 11, 2008

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    Damen Wong Jan 11, 2008

    Yup digital won't work on analogue. I am glad that this was the problem...you still have the video footage that you took.

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The first thing you should do is ensure that there was information saved on the tape. Try to play the tape back on your friends camcorder, if at all possible. It is possible that they had a Hi-8 digital camcorder, and yours is analog, which would result in a blank screen when trying to play back the tape. If this is the case, you will be unable to play the tape in your camcorder.

However, if your friends camcorder is analog, it still may be recording in a slightly different format. See if you can get your friend to digitize the tape, and burn the result onto CD or DVD. In this manner, you will be able to get the video that you wish - just not in the camcorder. Best of luck, and let me know if any of these work!

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    Lucus Keppel Jan 11, 2008

    I'm sorry things couldn't work out exactly as you wished, but I'm glad I could point you in the direction of the problem. Best of luck to you!

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Sir,
you must have run a dry run before recording them in blank tape

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  • dewan nafees ahmed Jan 11, 2008

    Technician tell that you can use any brand tape, but to run the dry
    head cleaner before switching to another tape. they did not specify how
    many tapes that you ran before to use the head cleaner before switching.

    the tape your friend was using and what you used must have been different for sure i think. that is what has caused the problem sir.

  • dewan nafees ahmed Jan 11, 2008

    but please stick to one brand tape. The advise is true for all camcorders - you should avoid switching tapes.
    The combination of different coatings can combine and create gunk on the heads/drum.




    so if you have used the same brand as what your friend used you wont have got the problem i think. if both brands are same means please tell me.

  • dewan nafees ahmed Jan 11, 2008

    If you need to use a different brand of tape from another
    shooter then use a head cleaner after every use of a different brand
    then what you shoot with!


    You can use any tape in it, however, it is still suggested you STICK
    WITH THE SAME BRAND AND MODEL OF TAPE. Switching tape brands often has
    been linked to lubricants gumming up on heads and causing dropouts.


    because its obvious.
    each company uses different chemicals and
    uses its own formula for making the tapes. this only brings in the
    difference in quality of tapes.
    so you will need to run head cleaning before shifting to different brands.
    but it would be more better to stick to same brand.

  • dewan nafees ahmed Jan 12, 2008

    ooops. the problem laid on some basic level itself.. i dint expect this.. even then problem was solved successfully.. great to hear.. cheers

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