Question about Sony Handycam DCR-TRV460 Digital Camcorder

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Sony TRV460 D8-->Hi8 switching

Did you find a solution to your problem? I see the exact same issue. I am wondering if I should by another D8 camera and see if the tapes play fine on them. I just hope the tapes are not lost or gotten slightly "corrupted" due to magnetic contact or going thru airport scanners.

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I'm seeing the same problem with my tapes. I think the problem is that the machine somehow is no longer able to recognize the recording as Digital8 and thus trying to play them back as Hi8. My TRV460 has a PB mode setting; however, it only let you select either Auto or Hi8/8, so I cannot force it to playback in Digital8 mode. I'm not sure how to work this out.

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  • DutchyFL May 29, 2008

    Well guys/gals...

    I am pretty confident it has to do with the fine "mechanical" parts not being lined up correctly. In other words; the recording/playback head is not correctly alligned to the tape to get the best playback capacity. I guess it can be compared to the tracking problems VHS VCR's have/had. I remember being able to adjust the tracking (the head) on VCR's

    Why do I think this is the issue? I tried the good old "drop from 1" height onto my desk" trick and guess what?... Tapes old and new play fine for a while... Reason why I tried this: My brother in law has the same camcorder with same issue. He had send it in for repair and they could not find anything wrong. SO what was done to the camera? You guessed it: "Shipping and HANDLING"(read: thrown around in the shipping process) ;-)

    By the way, I checked Sony support website and most these older camcorders have a flat rate repair fee. I belief it was in the $150 range. Not a bad option if you want to safe/convert all your old tapes but have other issues or want a "permanent" fix to the above issue. Make sure you mention to check/tighten/bring to spec the head allignment I guess so they don't send it back with "no issues found"

    Hope this helps. Please post your results.

  • Anonymous Aug 30, 2008

    Had the same problem- switching back and forth from Digital to Hi8 and back again- spent 45 minutes reading the manual, decided the camera needed repair, Googled a description of the problem, wound up here. Read DutchyFL's story, picked the camera up and dropped it on the desk, problem solved. Unbelievable!

  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2009

    Same playback issues: switches back/forth betweeb modes. I actually tried the drop test, and believe it or not, it plays fine now. We'll see how long this lasts.

  • wiscosony May 05, 2009

    i had the same problem reading old hi8 tapes with my trv460 after it was repaired by sony under a recall. tried the little 'drop' remedy AND recorded 2 seconds at beginning of tape and it seems fixed now! just in time to make a mothers day dvd no less.



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I too was having a problem playing back my 8mm in my TRV460. The audio and video was both very glitchy. I tried what dyz66 said and rewound to the start of the tape,and then recorded about 10 seconds of meaninless video. After that the whole tape played nice and clear. Thanks for the idea. I believe from here on out I'm going to buy some new tapes to try and avoid this.

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I did find a way to playback all but one tape. This is what I did. I rewound the tapes to the beginning and made a couple of seconds of new recordings on them. For whatever reason, the machine was able to playback the rest of the old recordings after that. Give it a try, hopefully this will work for you.

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