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Playback *stops* on tapes where I used Aux input to record

Hi. I have some old tapes that I used my TRV103 to record old VHS memory tapes from... by using the input jacks on the TRV103. I start to play these tapes back, and they play for a few seconds and then shut off. It's as though the camera detects some jitter on the playback (which no-doubt was from the old VHS tapes I used as input) and then shuts off.

Tapes of the same vintage, that were recorded from the camera itself, work just fine.

Using my theory, is there any way to disable the -shutoff- feature of the camera, so I can capture this video? Any ideas?

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It could be that.. you generally want a timebase corrector to properly record from analog tape to some other medium. But maybe not. Most tape-based devices also include a tension sensor, to detect the end-of-tape. If you're using tapes that are too old, cheap, etc. it could be that you're seeing this triggered.

I recommend trying the same VHS recording with a good quality, fresh tape. If it's still kicking off, you at least know it's due to the camcorder having issues with sync or something on the tape. If it works, blame the old tapes.

It's probably camcorder dependent, but I have done tape restorations using Digital8 and DV equipment, and have never known a camcorder to cut itself off due to dropouts or other problems on the tape -- mine just play through. So I think it's at least possible that it's just the tape.

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