It won't record anything properly,and is making a wierd sound.
It is having tape problems. It will reconize a tape is in it, and seemingly record. But when i rewind to view what I have just recorded the footage is erased. It also makes a humming sound like a reving motorcycle but in a humming tone. I think the two are connected because I noticed the sound the same time as the recording stoped workinging properly.
Re: It won't record anything properly,and is making a...
Maybe something is loose. Maybe you can try the "Fonzie Fix" below which is actually for problems with the tape compartment not closing all the way when a tape is inserted. I know it sounds silly but it's worth a try.
ericemartin Rank: Apprentice Rating: 100%, 1 votes There is a fix for this which was posted for either the ZR 200 or 400. They call it the "Fonzie" fix. Just hit the camcorder with your fist on the side where the tape goes in (with the door closed). Hit it lightly once, try inserting the tape. Repeat this process with increasing force each time until this works.
Surprisingly, this worked for me. Obviously, there must be something loose for this type of solution to work. I actually had it working once, then it acted up again. I tried the same solution and it's working again. No problems for several days now.
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Problem with the tape transport mechanism; could be the rollers are not contacting the tape itself or it could be the springs in the transport. Sounds like an older model. Could clean the rollers with alcohol and swap and if you can open it a like observe what happens with the rollers when you place in playback. These are rather delicately adjusted machines. I would again 1) try cleaning as best you can and very light oil in moving joints/gears aferward. 2) check adjustment of springs when moving from stop to playback. Once you have that whipped the record mecanism may start working as well.
Try to use cleaning tape there is must be dust on video head.
First use cleaning tape for 5 secound then play you tape if its not ok then use more 5 secound.
After that check your recording tape hope fully it will work.
are those old videos recorded from the same camera? you might need a head cleaner for your camera. Try to play the tapes in different camera for comparison test. caution: make sure that the camera's mechanism does not destroy the tape or put a line or dent on the tape's edges. I suggest you convert those videos to digital format before it's too late.
Were your tapes recorded in extended play? Sometimes that will make it impossible for a different tape deck to play it back correctly. The tolerences on Hi-8 are very small so it is possible that a tiny alignment difference will make it impossible to play back a pre-recorded tape. Try fast forwording and rewinding the tape and try it again. Also try playing it from different parts of the tape. Go to the middle of the tape and try it there.
if the camera is not showing recently recorded clips then the problem is fith the recording system, but if you are not able to view the old recorded tapes the there may the simple defect of head getting dirty. a head cleaning tape would solve the problem
I had the problem of the horizontal grey lines with some pixels of pink. I ran the dry head cleaner a few times and the lines became solid grey with the sound now skipping worse than before. I cried, cleaned again, then played the tape. I did this about 4 times and still had no luck.
I then decided to try to record with a new tape around the room to see what would happen. After recording I played the tape back and it worked perfectly. I then went back the old tape that would not play properly and it worked fine! Seems like when I used the record button after cleaning it a few times everything worked fine, wierd.
According to Sony support, you should follow these next steps:
1. Ensure the batteries are fully charged or the AC power adapter is connected.
2. Remove any media (tape, Memory Stick®, DVD, etc.) from the camcorder.
3. Properly reinsert the media.
4. Ensure the media compartment is properly closed.
5. If the problem continues, try inserting different media.
In addition according to your post it is very likely that you busted the tape mechanism. In this case only a certified technician can help you.
I hope you work it out