When capturing some old S-VHS material, I thought that the tapes had deteriorated badly as there were many drop-outs! However, I don't think that the tape is the problem. When paused, a pattern of "static" (a band of flashing white specks) slowly rolls from bottom to top of frame. I tried adjusting tracking & cleaning the heads but problem is still there.
Solved! (I hope??). The cable from the Keyspan to the AG-DS555 deck had an extension cable - when this was removed, the rolling specks disappeared!!! I tested the same set-up on a JVC DV deck and didn't see any problem?? But I suppose that S-VHS is much older technology - I hope that this was it!
Guess the moral of the story is - check every cable!
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If the VHS tape is stuck inside, and when you push the eject button, it wont come out. Then you need to unplug the VHS player, take it apart so that you can access the inside. See how the tape is stuck inside and start to take it out the best you can. Once you get it out you may have to throw away the tape if it is messed up badly, if not wind it back up. Put the VHS player back together once you get the tape out. Then try to play another VHS tape and see if it works again. If not, it may be a bad VHS player or it may be the tapes. Hope this helps. I have had to take mine apart to take a tape out, so that's how I know
First, you should keep away from the T-160 tapes as they are thinner and more likely to jam. The T-120 or less sizes are better. Next, use high quality name brand tape - not the off-brands found in the bargain bin.
Do the regular maintenance. All tape is "dirty" (including cassette, 8 track, reel to reel, etc.) and will deposit dirt on the tape heads and "transport" mechanism. Transport consists of capstan and pinch rollers that push / pull the tape in and out of the housing. when dirty, they slip and interfere with the "pick up" of a quality picture from the tape. Use of a quality wet cleaning system at regular intervals (or whenever picture quality deteriorates or tapes jam) is highly recommended. Here are some googled results for wet VHS cleaning systems:
If the problem is the shell of the cassette that is broken, simply buy a new blank VHS tape and remove carefully the screws underneath it. You can then take out the old tape and fit it in the new shell. However if it's the tape itself, that more tricky. A tape split in two can be glued together using splicing tape. Don't ask me where you will get it though!!! You will need to have to straight edges to "splice" it together. Badly mangled tape is best cut out and the tape spliced together. It's not a good idea to keep using any repaired tape though. As tape deposits can build up on video heads and knacker a video head. As these are VERY expensive to replace you don't want that! In fact I would transfer the tape via a computer or by a VHS to DVD recorder.
Picture roll is caused by the frame rate being out of sync with the play back device. If the tape was recorded at say 25 f/m and is being played back at 26f/m. If you can, adjust the frame rate until the picture stands still.
The plugs you speak of are called RCA plugs, (Male side has an outside ring with "slots" around the edge, and a pin in the center. Female side has a short round "riser" with a hole in it). You need just standard Audio/Video hookup cables, available at any electronics store.. Walmart/Target/Kmart has them in the TV section.
They get plugged into the Audio (Red & White) OUT of the VCR, into the Audio IN (Red & White) of the Easy Capture. The Yellow lead is for Video In/Out between the VCR and Easy Capture.
The black is probably the S-Video connector, (round, has very small square hole, surronded by 4, 5, or 7 tiny pin holes) that can be also used to connect video/audio between VCR(if so equipped) and Easy Capture.
Get a set of audio/video dubbing cables (abt $10 usually), connect Red to Red, White to White, Yellow to Yellow. Plug the Easy Capture USB cable into your computer (most likely), start the capture program. Start your vcr, hit Play. You should see your vcr tape playing on the computer screen.
Hey there, Here are some ideas; I would clean it one more time to make sure that its nice and clean try playing a different tape on your VCR and check the channel on your VCR, and thats if you are using a channel 3 or 4 on your VCR, concur with each other. Meaning if you have Channel 3 on your TV you should have Channel 3 on your VCR. Thats a really old method. If you use a coxial cable unplug it and replug it in again sometimes there is no contact at one of the ends therefore disconnecting or connecting it again would help. Just see if that works and usually that was the problem when i use to have problems with my VCR. Let me know if that works out for you alright.
Hunnn....Eats the tapes, with salt & paper?..just a joke!
The tape runs on a guide ( sort of a tiny ledge )when it is fully engaged. The tape cartgage is loaded ' sucked ' in with gears that drop the cartage on top of other switches to give direction, so that "fingers" pull the tape towards the reading\recording heads. When the tape IS aligned properly, BUT is locked in the proper position the tape will NOT touch the upper or lower "ledge" that keeps it accross the heads.When the tape is NOT aligned the upper or lower tape WILL touch causeing damage. OPEN THE CARTGAGE ,Look to see if the upper & lower of the tape is damaged. Now when you say "eats the vhs tape" Does the tape comes out WRINKLE, CRINKLED,CRAMPED UP??? Then that could be ANY wheel with a black rubber rim. going bad. replace if you can. but they are VERY HARD TO FIND if u don't know what u are doing.
I wonder if this is a MacroVision problem. Try this; take a VCR tape that you have recorded from the tv, try to record a commercial and then play this tape through your setup, I bet you it works. (Now take what I say next in the sense that it is given and that is as advice)When you are trying to push signal that you get from an analog source from the VCR by law that signal has to be encoded with macrovision to ensure that the signal can not be copied. Now the funny thing is you can transfer tapes which have not been encoded this is normal, what you need is a piece of equipment that removes Macrovision, here is a link that might help:
http://www.regioncodefreedvd.com/copyeliminator.html also look up the company SIMA