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Playback Hi, I have been copying my tapes from my Sony to DVD with success until I experienced tracking problems which seem to essentially be the digital tapes or at least 80%. They play with hesitation and skips like an old LP. I have nearly 25 tapes to burn and of course this camera is now going the way of the dinosaur so I cannot replace it easily. I look forward to your suggestions. I've been copying my Digital8 tapes recorded over the past 8 years to my computer hard disk using my camcorder. I had completed around 20 tapes last year with no problems at all. I restarted the project about a week ago. My tapes playback showed similar problems described by others (like it was skipping every second - both audio and video - like it has problems syncing. I never had this problem before. Whats more, I borrowed two other identical camcorders from friends which also started showing the same problems and these camcorders seem to have been affected similarly - they have trouble playing tapes owned by my friends also.

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  • srisan Mar 18, 2008

    I seemed to have solved my problem, but still do not know the cause. Here is the solution I posted for someone else.

    I had this problem very recently. In fact I borrowed camcorders from my
    friends too and after short periods, they too started having the same
    problem. Essentially, it looks like there is some choppiness every
    second or so - like there is noise in the audio and video. After a lot
    of looking around, I finally found a suggestion posted that ACTUALLY
    WORKED on all 3 camcorders:

    I placed an empty tape in the
    camcorder and recorded a few seconds into it. Then I removed that tape
    and tried to play the previous tapes that were showing the choppiness.
    No problems any more. Everything works fine.

    What I still do not
    understand is why 3 camcorders (all DCR-TRV103s) all showed the same
    problem (with different tapes by the way). And since I still have lots
    of tapes to copy, I need to know why this problem is happening so I can
    minimize its occurrence while I complete the copying process.

    People
    have suggested that my tapes are old and may be offering resistance to
    the camcorder. So I have ordered a rewinder to spin the tapes a bit
    before trying again. The two possibilities suggested around this was
    (1) some mechanical switching took place which got reset when
    recording; and (2) something got corrupted in the software that manages
    the playback buffer and that software was rebooted when it went to
    recording mode.

    So while this will hopefully answer your
    question, I'm also looking for explanations for why this happened to me
    on 3 different camcorders.

  • Anonymous Oct 01, 2008

    Thanks! I had the same problem and I was ready to give up. Your method worked just fine. I just recorded onto a cleaning tape for 5 seconds and now it plays without any issues.




  • fciof Jan 08, 2009


    Thank you! I had the identical problem and was ready to search for a replacement. Your suggestion worked. Thank you for sharing this fix.

  • Anonymous Feb 23, 2009

    Thank you thank you thank you for the "record a few seconds" solution to this problem. I was having the exact same playback issues with my TRV103, and tried this fix and it worked beautifully; my camera is back to normal.

  • spalaw Apr 11, 2009

    Brilliant!!!!!! I have had lotS of video from 5+ years ago that I never watched because my old Sony camcorder had a tracking problem that I never had fixed. I am glad I saw your post! I had paid to have the same problems fixed in the past. I finally just read your solution and it worked perfect!!!!! You have made me soooo happy!!!! Now I can watch the kids old videos again. THANK YOU.

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Recording and playing a new tape worked for me too. Thanks!

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  • david2stars May 29, 2011

    Great solution, still don't know what cause the problem. But I did put in a new tape and recorded for 15 seconds then rewind and replayed OK with no audio and video hesitation. I then reload my old tape and played OK. This is a very strange thing that could happen to a video camera. Well, technology glitch in software. Thanks for the suggestion...

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