I have a TRV138 that worked fine for a while. But now when I try to playback a tape, there is only audio. the video screen only shows the standard blue. However if I fast-forward the tape, the video does show up, although there are 2 thick fuzzy horizontal lines in the video.
This problem is the same whether I'm using the LCD screen or the audio/video output. I have tried using a head cleaning tape, however that had no effect. Any ideas on how to fix this?
The video heads are clogged or broken. Remove the cassette cover and in the middle back of the mech is a cylinder, this is the drum assy. You can gently spin the drum and look for a black piece of carbon (tiny). This is actually one of the heads. You can take a swab (Q-tip) with liquid head cleaner and very gently clean the heads (more than one) wipeing horizontally, never vertically to clean the heads. Inspect for broken heads as well.
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I'm not sure what the solution is, but I am having the same probelms, and I would appreciate any help with this since I am shooting a childrens camp and I am fairly isolated and don't have the time to swop cameras or send it to get fixed. I need to know if the recording is fine (video and audio) but the playback is not working correctly...or is it not recording correctly or playing back correctly. The sound cuts out from time to time in playback. Thank you.
If the recorded tapes playback ok on the camera and not ok on another devices, you need to readjust the playback on this camera using a tape which playbacks fine on the other devices.
This means that is a small difference on the tape transport.
So when the supply and takeup post rollers readjusted and the audio and video playback are good, then your camera is fine.
Camcorder CCD-TRV138 has no sound problem in playback. There can be 02 reasons, One is the defective speaker bultin camcorder or 2nd is defective IC801, (Audio-Video Processor AN12985A-VB). In both cases you sould go to nearest Sony service shop to fix this problem.
The camcorder may be in what may be called "narration mode." This function mutes the playback audio so you can narrate with you own voice when playing tapes back. Check for a function like this in the playback sound menu.
First you should try a couple other tapes to make sure they all do it. It could be tape damage on the tape you are using. If you remove the tape from the unit and look at the part which gets inserted first you will see a small latch on the front side of the door. If you depress the latch you can open the cover over the tape. Be very careful and don't touch the tape! Look at the tape for damage. If it is perfectly smooth, like a mirror, it is OK and the camcorder has a problem. If the tape is OK you probably have a tape path problem or the unit could be dirty. Cleaning the heads would be the easiest solution to try but if you are not familiar with the process you could do more damage than good. If you know how to properly clean the heads, certainly do that first. If that does not solve your problem either a tape guide is not adjusted properly or the tape is not loading fully or properly in the tape path. Either way it isn't going to work until it is repaired. I'm guessing that repair would be beyond your skills. You stated that you bought it off Ebay. You should contact the person you purchased it from no matter what is wrong with it because if they presented it as a working unit they were less than truthful. Good luck.