When viewing a taped VHS show, the picture goes in and out. The screen flashes between the picture and a blank screen every few seconds. Presently I have good quality video quality cable going between the TV and VCR. I don't think the TV is the problem because it gave me the same problem with an older TV I had.
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Re: Picture goes in and out
Yes it sounds very much like it is simply in need of a tuning. Also if you do not feel comfortable repairing yourself, this is a very simple fix that can be done at most any electrical repair shop and usually doesn't cost too much.
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Well I have heard that sometimes the tape inside of the videocastettes that show the pictures on the screen wears out over time periods and from rewinding and fastforwarding so many times or the old age and useage so you could get the video castette tapes fixed but its not worth it now you should buy a DVD player because they are better and have less problems and most VHS tapes are on DVD too. Or check to see if any other devices are on at the same time.
Check the tape, by opening the cover, to see if the tape is damaged. Look for signs of crinkling at the edges. This is often caused by the roller being worn on one of the VCR.
If it's damaged there's not a lot you can do.
If there's no damage try taking it out of the cassette box and fitting it in a new 'good make' blank tape tape box, discard the new tape in it. Still no good?
Next step, is the tape a movie/tv made by a commercial company. Or a recording on a blank tape?
Did it ever play? (if a movie) if not suspect a pirate tape report seller to FACT.
If a blank tape, try recording on a blank section. If that doesn't work and your video will record on other blank tapes. The tape has something wrong with it.
Some video recorders will play tapes with bad problems IE bad tracking, that others refuse to play, but you will either have to find one owned by a friend or buy one with that claim.
I have an important question; Are you watching a VHS tape you recorded of another VHS movie? In other words did You rent Ben Hur and record it and then tried to watch the recording? If you did that's your problem. VCRs in the late 1990's (1997-1999) began to employ MacroVision circuitry in all VCRs, and DTR. MacroVision Circuitry makes the VCR record tapes with MacroVision in such a way that the horizontal and vertical sync pulses are not at the proper amplitude, and the AGC (Automatic Gain Control) is tricked into over compensating thus creating the scrambled picture. There is a way around this. You need to buy a video stabilizer SIMA makes such devices and some other companies do to. You feed the signal from your VCR into the unit and it corrects the video image by readjusting the video signal.
This problem is due to a type ofcopy protection built into vcr's.
"Macrovision" copy-protection is merely a weakening of a particular
part of the signal that makes up the picture and was primarily intended
to prevent people from copying videotapes. I imagine almost everyone's
seen it but probably didn't know what they were seeing: the resulting
picture is a little jittery and is in black-and-white or alternates
between black-and-white and color. The reason you're seeing a blue
screen is because modern televisions, in the absence of a signal or a
weak signal, will just show a blue screen instead of snow or a very
poor picture. As mentioned above, you can get around Macrovision by
inserting into your connections a signal amplifier that specifically
amplifies the portion of the signal that Macrovision diminishes.
Karen. you really opened up a can of worms there. Here is what I would do. buy a blank vhs-c tape unscrew it from the bottom and use it to compare to your project tape. as far as spicing goes that can get tricky. I used to do it all the time with 8 tracks, showing my age here, but they are not as critical. the tape will have to go on the back side of the film and can not get to close to the top or bottem of the film. remember the video head can not touch the tape you apply. it's a little crazy but I guess if you have small fingers you can try it at your own risk. Good luck Karen.