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I recently picked up a Canon UC-X1 Hi 8 camcorder my father left me when he died. I have been trying to view tapes in it but it has bad distortion... and interference so makes it very difficult to view. Is this dirty heads or something more serious? It has not been used for approximately 8 - 9 years and left in a cupboard secure in a padded case.

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  • bumble888 May 07, 2008

    Thanks. I did take it to a video repair who said they were going to charge £55 an hour and were not sure what it was... your longdistance analysis seems much more on the button. I am actually now looking for a Hi 8 analogue player so if you can help me locate one i will be your mate for ever.... starting up a business making family films and need to be able to view and digitise into computer..... this is a great site.... sure i am going to be on it loads...

    Best wishes

    Caroline

    PS Which country are you from?

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Hi bumble

Yes, it may be dirty heads, or a loose maladjusted tape guide, but also(more likely) could be failing surface mount capacitors. Canon camcorders of this vintage were plagued with problems from these failing. Best bet is to have an experienced video repair guy to have a look at it for you. If you dont care what outcome you get, then I could talk you through giving it a tape path service:) Just give me a shout in here.. :)

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robotek

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  • Graeme Ross
    Graeme Ross May 07, 2008

    Hey bumble, I am a Kiwi, living in Australia... Hi8 is a somewhat surpassed format.Could be difficult to find new gear to do the job for you. I will do a bit of research and get back to you again a little later on.

    robotek

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