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I answered this previously, thinking you were referring to the machine, not the tape itself. See if a different tape (perhaps even different brand) works okay. If not, look at the machine. I have seen tapes go bad, but generally it is the machine (or camcorder).
The only way if to get an 8mm player from any friend or from any photography studios that does conversion of old tapes. These recordings can be converted only if they can play well and hopefully without deterioration due to magnettic fields and fungus. Check out on old stores or maybe some electronic freaks who would be glad to share and ,make a transfer. Use can use a good handy cam to record using the the composite signals of video and audio which can be transferred to DVD. Hope you are lucky to find one! Good day.
HAVE YOU TRIED TURNING THE REELS OVER? ON SOME PANASONIC UNITS THE REELS CAN BE PLAYED IN EITHER DIRECTION BUT THE SOUND IS REVERSED IF THE REELS ARE UP SIDE DOWN. TRY TURNING THE REELS OVER AND IT SHOULD STRAIGHTEN OUT YOUR AUDIO PROBLEM AS WELL AS BOOST THE VOLUME
This problem is due to a type ofcopy protection built into vcr's.
"Macrovision" copy-protection is merely a weakening of a particular
part of the signal that makes up the picture and was primarily intended
to prevent people from copying videotapes. I imagine almost everyone's
seen it but probably didn't know what they were seeing: the resulting
picture is a little jittery and is in black-and-white or alternates
between black-and-white and color. The reason you're seeing a blue
screen is because modern televisions, in the absence of a signal or a
weak signal, will just show a blue screen instead of snow or a very
poor picture. As mentioned above, you can get around Macrovision by
inserting into your connections a signal amplifier that specifically
amplifies the portion of the signal that Macrovision diminishes.
Have you tried this tape in another machine? Your audio and video heads could be getting clogged. A head cleaning tape may fix it or you may need to have them hand cleaned.
If the tape has been stored where it is potentially warm and humid the tape could have degraded.
Unfortunately even the best quality tapes will eventually degrade as the oxide is slowly removed with every pass of the heads.
If a head clean on your player doesn't work, the best way to attempt to retain those memories is to take it to a professional video duplication place and have it transferred to DVD
Yes it can be fixed, but Canon is not the easiest to work on. Is the connector loose at all? The audio head may be dirty. This is not on the spinning heads. If you look inside and locate the pinch roller (rubber roller), there should be a silver head that looks like a cassette tape head. Try cleaning that using a cotton swab and alcohol. See if that resolves the problem.