I was given a CPR 250 after long storage. After finding a good battery I find it does not record but make noise like it is trying to drive the tape.It does play back.
I removed the tape carriage cover and I can see the tape form a very small loop after the capstan post and presser wheel and the tape stops running with new cassette in place. Could there be a drive belt missing or has it become harden and not driving ? This is the first camcorder I have tinkered with.
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The vhs camcorder has very complex mechanics and hold many traps for the inexperienced.
I suggest you begin by obtaining a standard vhs recorder and remove the cover to expose the interior and then study it. You will find the engineering and interior geography of your camcorder similar.
The round shiny barrel-shaped thing contains the record and playback video heads and the sound head is separate and looks like a larger version of what can be seen in a standard audio cassette recorder.
The interior must be extremely clean, the drive belts in good condition and the clutches and rubber rollers also in good order.
Yes, the camcorder will record for two hours. The two biggest limiting factors are the memory cards and the batteries. Depending on the resolution, you may need a second card. You may also need a fresh set of batteries. I don't know how a "basetball" game is organized, but if you're taping a baseball game, you should be able to swap memory cards and/or batteries between innings. If you're taping a basketball game, you should be able to do the same at halftime.
Check the tape and make sure the record tab is still on the tape and has not been removed. If the record tab has been removed then use a new tape for recording as the unit will not record. This tap is usually on the lower left end of the back of the tape. When the tap is present it closes a record mode switch letting the system know the tape is able to bv recorded on..
1.5 hours is actually pretty good record time. Depends on the battery of course,but, most 2 hr batteries will only last 1.5 hours during normal use (regardless of the charge time).
Depending upon the connectivity of your PC, there are a couple of ways to get your video to your computer. Assuming your camcorder only has analogue A/V out (yellow red and white RCA), the first thing you need to buy is an analogue to digital converter. There are 2 ways to hook these up to your PC. The best way is using Firewire connectivity. However, if your PC does not have firewire, you'll have to settle for USB connectivity. Through USB, the video will appear choppy, whereas, with firewire, the video will appear as smooth as the original. Just google the terms "rca to usb" or "rca to firewire" to find lots of product that will allow you to convert analogue to digital.
One other method you may consider is to buy a DVD video recorder. You could then just copy the DVD video to your computer.
Once you have purchased an analouge to digital converter, then you need to capture the video to your PC using your favorite software. winXP includes movie maker which will work.
If your camcorder allows you to connect to a tv or vcr and allows you to record from it to the camcorder via the rca video input, then you should be able to record it that. The camcorder must have the RCA audio/video inputs on it to be successful.
OK...try this...plug your RCA cables from your camcorder into the RCA input jacks on the back of the recorder. If you have a VCR, it can be plugged into the coax input on the back of the recorder. Use the coax output and plug it into a RF modulator (about $20 at Wal Mart). Plug the RCA output cables from the recorder into the RF modulator as well (Don't ask me why, but it seems to work on mine). Connect a coax cable from the RF modulator to the TV. Make sure the TV and Recorder are both on the right channel. The RF modulator will have a channel switch to use channel 3 or 4 on the TV. Make sure the recorder is set to E1 (Rear). You can check this with the channel +/- buttons on the bottom right of the remote. Good luck.
There may be a simple explanation. Here are two possible reasons this is happening:
* You may have disconnected the power source before turning off the power to your camcorder. If you remove the power source from the camcorder while the power is on, all settings and selections will be erased. Make sure to turn the camcorder's power off before disconnecting the power source.
* This is particularly an issue for some early VHS-C camcorders – those with model numbers beginning with a "6" and ending with a "2" or "3" (i.e. CC6xx2 … CC6xx3). These camcorders have a consumer-replaceable clock battery that may be exhausted. If that battery runs dead or is removed and the main battery or AC is not connected, the camcorder will lose all its Date and Time settings.
* In some models, the date and time display is designed to do this.
When you turn on many VHS-C and digital camcorders, the Auto Date mode will display the time and date. When recording begins, the date is recorded on the tape for 5 seconds and then disappears. In the viewfinder, the date will then be replaced with the words AUTO DATE but they will not be recorded. They remain in your viewfinder so that you know this feature is on.
On full-size or VHS camcorders, the Auto Date feature is very similar. When you first turn on the camcorder, the date along with the word AUTO and a Clock icon appear in the viewfinder. When recording begins, the date is automatically recorded for 10 seconds and then disappears. In the viewfinder, the Clock icon and the word AUTO remain but they will not be recorded. They remain so that you are aware that this feature is on.
When using the Auto Date feature, be aware that the time is only recorded when you first turn on the camcorder and begin a recording session. It does not record each time you press the record button.
There are a number of time and date display and recording options. Since these vary by model number, please refer to your owner’s manual for more details.
Select RCA camcorders feature both an Automatic and a Manual recording mode.
Automatic recording places the camcorder into Auto Shot™ mode. Focus, exposure, iris control, white balance, and the video light are controlled by the camcorder during Automatic recording. This mode is particularly handy for those times when you want to be able to just point the camera and record.
The Manual recording mode allows you to control many of the elements above yourself, as well as many of the camcorder's special features including Animation and Time Lapse. Manual mode is also where you access the menus and set the clock.
Make sure you press in the LOCK button while setting the POWER switch to the desired setting, either "A" (Automatic) or "M" (Manual) record mode.