I have an old FUJI 8mm video camera (20 yrs old?) but has very few hours on it. It has sat in the china cabinet for at least 3 years without use and with a cassette inside the camera.
When testing the camera, it appears to record... when I try to rewind the tape to review the playback it eats the tape!!!
The tapes are about 20 yrs old too...is that my problem? or can dirty heads cause this too? My owners manual says to clean the heads with a FUJI 8CL-10 cleaning cassette, but I can't find one on the internet...
Any help will be greatly appreciated!
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You have a clogged video head. It happens. Do not use the chamois again. Instead, purchase an 8mm head cleaner and give that a try. Only use a brand name cleaner - no generics, and make sure it doesn't come from China!
Here are some things to check:
1. will the tape door open - if so look for foreign objects inside
2. does the camera power up normally - viewfinder ok?
3. is a tape jammed inside?
If this does not help, I would say your chances of getting repairs are slim. Best to cut your losses and modernize. You can get your old tapes copied to a newer format.
Please get into town, and buy the 8mm Camera cleaning tape from W.H. Smiths, Currys, Comet, Maplins, put that in your camera on record mode for 20 seconds and then remove it, and carry on filming, it is just dirty heads you have got, take care. from David
Hi 8 tapes will only play on a Hi 8 machine. I would recommend you search for a place that will do the video transfer for you. There are several in my town and likely you could find one on the internet.
only sony really supported 8mm look for any trv model cam on ebay etc and make sure you tapes were hi 8mm-not digital 8-digital 8 won't play on reg 8mm cam-need to get model that supports both formats then-trv480-look at tapes and if they say digital and/or hi 8 they may have been in digital and get the 480 it will work with both types