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8mm tape problems

Hi, I have 10 tapes and about half of them when you play back you can see white lines and you cant hear the people talking, as though they are talking fast. many thanks teresa

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It sounds like either the recording head of your camcorder was dirty when you made the recording, in which case you will need to clean the record head and re-record, or the playback head is dirty.

Either way, you should be able to solve the problem by using an 8mm head cleaner tape which you can buy from the same place you get your camcorder tapes.

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I tried to see the 8mm tape video (recorded 10 years ago- my wedding party) but I couldn,t see anything!! I wondering if the tape needs cleaning ? or that is the reason?

Sometimes that happens...just keep fast forwarding and rewinding and playing and it'll usually eventually sync up.
Once it does, record it onto some other media while it's still working.

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I have a GE CG818A Camcorder, when I play it it only plays black and white. Was wondering if there is a used Sony or any camcorder that would play my Video8 P6-120MP tape, in color.

I have the exact same camera and same exact same problem. Any analog Video8 or Hi-8 camcorder or VCR will play these tapes.

By using the same cassettes as Hi8, many (NOT ALL) Digital8 (produced by Sony exclusively) camcorders are able to play analog Video8/Hi8 recordings, preserving compatibility with already recorded analog tapes.

you can connect Digital8 camcorders to your computer to download your movies for editing or Internet use.

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No more audio

Have you tried this tape in another machine? Your audio and video heads could be getting clogged. A head cleaning tape may fix it or you may need to have them hand cleaned.
If the tape has been stored where it is potentially warm and humid the tape could have degraded.
Unfortunately even the best quality tapes will eventually degrade as the oxide is slowly removed with every pass of the heads.
If a head clean on your player doesn't work, the best way to attempt to retain those memories is to take it to a professional video duplication place and have it transferred to DVD

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Problem is dirty / clogged video head of v-8 player or camcorder what ever you are using for playback. Use good quality video head cleaning cassette for head cleaning.
Please check tapes on another camcorder as tapes seems OK.

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Yes it can be fixed, but Canon is not the easiest to work on. Is the connector loose at all? The audio head may be dirty. This is not on the spinning heads. If you look inside and locate the pinch roller (rubber roller), there should be a silver head that looks like a cassette tape head. Try cleaning that using a cotton swab and alcohol. See if that resolves the problem.

Keep us posted.

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8mm Tape stops when rewinding

try this:
some cameras have a memory where they begin make sure the memory is off or cleared then try to rewind or try fwd to end clear memory then rewind tape...

now sometime tapes of 120 are really not recommended because of the load of tape amd ost have a tension sensor 60m is usually the best recommended

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YOu may be confusing HI8 with 8mm. One being analog,the other being digital, and a slight difference in form factor

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