I have a VHS tape that plays or turns very slowly. In other words, the tape doesn't seem to be moving freely through the cassette. I've tried it in both a VHS player and a VHS camera. In both cases, the tape just barely creeps along? Is this fixable? Thanks
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The fault seems to be in the sensor and the mode switch of the loading system which is connected with the main controller processor and loading driver. This can be a failure of the tape end detector which is a IR - infra red- emitter which is placed in the center of the tape tray and MUST feed continuous signal to the END IR detectors placed at either ends. Also the tape seems to load with a false detection of the cassette within when the tray is closed for this reason of the failure along with a possible misplaced mode switch settings. This triggers to make the loading move without a reason and so can be due to failure of the the mode switch or unbalanced settings.You will need some experience to remove the tray unit, then check on the IR sensors and also check the settings of the loading drive and mode switch.
The TC encoding usually stood for VHS-C type of tapes. These were created so that VHS type manufacturers could compete with the HI-8 type of camcorders that came out years ago. They were essentially regular VHS tapes that were shrunk down in size to allow them to build smaller camcorders.You could either play them back directly from the camera itself, or you could use the adapter that came with the camera that allowed you to play the tape back from a regular VHS VCR. The adapter was the size of a regular VHS tape, and it had a lid on the top that you would open and drop your VHS-C tape into it.
If you still have a VHS VCR you could watch the tapes using an adapter. If you do not have one you can search on the web for both the adapter and a VHS VCR if need be. Depending on the size of the city you live in there may be a conversion outfit that can take your VHS-C tapes and burn them onto DVD's for you. Prices varied quite a bit on that service so you should do a little shopping around if that is the way you want to go.
Based on the information you've provided, it seems that the issue is with the dirt in the Video Head of the Camcorder. You can try using new Hi8 tapes for recording the videos to check if they are playing back normally. If the audio is working normally in the Camcorder, then the issue is with the dirt on the video head. If the issue persists with all the tapes, then the video head can be cleaned using a dry Video Head Cleaner Cassette. You can purchase the cassette from the Sony Authorized dealers or from the local electronics store. Please make sure that the cleaning cassette is compatible with the Camcorder.
This should resolve the issue.
It sounds like the tape itself is damaged. Get an head cleaner cassett and clean the mechanism. This will clean the wheels and heads that tape runs over. Also try a new tape cassett to see what happens and listen to the camcorder for any crunching sounds as this would suggest that something has broken inside the camcorder.
You can't. They don't exist because Video 8 is a completely different technical format to VHS and so whatever you did to physically get a Video 8 tape into a VHS machine, the hardware would simply be unable to do anything with it. Apart from chew it up...
Perhaps you're confusing the existence of VHS-C to VHS adapters where the smaller (but technically fully compatible) VHS-C tape is able to play in a standard VHS machine?
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Try to use video head cleaning cassette one more time and check. Problem still exist then.... There is a very special cassette used to clean much dirty video heads calls Lapping Tape. This is provided only to Sony Service Centers. You need to contact nearest Sony Service Center.
I've had to fix this problem several times. You need to open the 8mm cassette, and manually rewind to where the tape got twisted around. Then untwist it, and manually wind the tape back on the reels. and then put the cassette back together. If the tape isn't torn you should be fine. There might be creases in the tape- but they will only give you a slight picture glitch or drop out. You need to run a head cleaning tape through your camcorder before you try taping again. It might hose up the next tape if you don't.