Yes I have a tape in my camcorder. I can view everything correctly, and I can record anything. But when I try to view what I have recorded, the screen stays blue, and the time bar at the bottom left becomes --:--:--. This only just happened 2 weeks ago, before that, it was working fine.
Sometimes that happens to me too. What I do is just push play, then fast forward, and normally if you watch it, the picture starts to come back. Just keep fast forwarding until you can see all of the picture, and you should be fine.
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If the tape plays correctly in the Canon camcorder, here are a couple of possible reasons for the issues you are having:
1. the Samsung camcorder has a cleaning issue - try running a dry head cleaning tape for about 5 to 10 seconds and see if that helps.
2. The alignment is off between the two different camcorders. Nothing you personally can do about that, but a repair center would be able to correctly align the tape path on both camcorders.
Do the tapes that you record on the Samsung have issues when you play them back on the Samsung? If so, you have a problem with that camcorder (may be cleaning, but could be a mechanism problem) Hope this has helped you. www.austintelstarservices.com
To my understanding that you do not see live view in camera mode to record and camcorder playback old recorded tapes correctly and you get picture in LCD. If it is true then please check lens cover that need to be slide down to get live view in camera mode. If problem still exist then 2 possibilities, either aperture in lens mechanism is bad or ccd imager is defective. In that problem, camcorder needs qualified tech to fix it. Let me know any further query.
Follow the steps below to troubleshoot this issue.
IMPORTANT: If additional model-specific instructions are needed to perform any of the steps below, refer to the operating instructions of the camcorder. The instruction manual is available in the Manuals/Specs/Warranty section of the Sony eSupport Web site.
Ensure a fully-charged battery is inserted or connect the AC power adapter.
Turn the camera on to the VTR or PLAYBACK mode.
Insert a cassette tape with recorded video into the camcorder.
Ensure the cassette tape is rewound to the beginning of the video recording.
Begin playing the cassette tape.
If your camcorder has an LCD screen, try adjusting the brightness or contrast.
Hi, Your camcorder Sony DCR-HC20E has bad ccd imager problem and that part will be replaced to have live view to record on tape. I can provide you ccd imager part number info if you want to repair it by yourself. CCD Imager replacement in this camcorder requires expertise and fair skills of soldering parts in PCB.
The older tapes were shot on a 8mm camcorder and the camcorder you have wil not play them becasue it doesn't have backwards compatability with the older format. The tapes you recorded are on a digital 8 camcorderr and it is different encoding than the one you recorded the other 60 tapes with. You will need to find either a dcr-trv 350 trv 530 trv 730 ect as these have the ability to play all the tapes.
Or find an older 8mm camcorder to play your tapes with.
Hope this helps
your guides have come loose , probably - the
digital sound will be next to go because the
bottom edge of your tapes are being folded -
open the cassette tape lid by pressing the
small pin near one hinge and gently lifting
the door - if there are any creases ? get the
guides aligned ! to protect your library ;
( if there are no creases , try a sony
d8 cleaning tape - once ! before getting a
repair quote ) ;
I am not sure where you are located but the camcorder you're trying to use now is a PAL version of Sony's 8mm camcorder. If the tapes you recorded earlier were recorded in D8 (digital 8) or 8mm/Hi8 format NTSC, they will not play correctly in this unit. The NTSC and PAL formats are different and not compatible.
Hope this helps you.