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Switched back and forth between SP and LP in playback

Hi - when I play my tapes, for some reason the camera is switching back and forth between SP and LP (over and over) which causes the playback to not work so well (lines, patchy audio, etc) Any idea how I can fix this problem??

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  • auric101 May 02, 2008

    same here, just got an old trv608 and get the same problem when I try to play old hi8 recordings on it. it will record new material and play it back fine, but the tapes with recordings (from a previous trv camcorder) don't playback, only display alternating blue screen and snow with speed changing from sp to lp every second or so

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The control track on the tape is not being sensed properly, or there may be a fault in the capston circuit, or capston drive.


There are a number of issues that can cause this:

This can be a dirt film on the control track head, or the main video drum heads, or warn head surfaces. It may also be an alignment problem due to warn parts. The electronics that read and process the control track, or video synchronization processing may have a fault.

The first thing you can do as a user is to clean the tape path. It is safest and usualy works well to use a cleaning tape for your camera type. Follow the instructions for the cleaning tape. The cleaning tape has a surface on it that is supposed to clean the head surfaces without causing a disturbance. Usualy the time required is about 5 to 10 seconds, depending on the model of the camera and the type of tape format.

Read the instructions that comes with the cleaning tape. It is not recomended to re-wind and re-use this tape.

Past this point, the camera will have to be serviced.


Jerry G.



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