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If you are getting a blue screen while trying to play back a tape that you know has a recording on it then its gonna be 1 of 2 things, No.1 your video heads have gotten dirty and you need to get a cleaning tape to run through the tape path to clean the unit, or No2 if your cleaning it doesnt help then you are going to need to have the video heads replaced. Usually once the heads are replaced they check the alignments for you as well and do a proper cleaning. I hope this helps

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Wont play my tapes will rewind and fast forward but they appear as blank tapes after using a tape that was eaten by my last video camera, do you think its something to do with my video head or whatever...


There might have been some sort of residue on the "bad tape" that you played in this camcorder. If you are only getting a blue screen when trying to play back your tapes now, you should try a head cleaning tape. Play the cleaning tape for 5 to 10 seconds and then try your tape again. If it is not all better, repeat this process (only in intervals of 5 to 10 seconds at a time). A head cleaning tape is a little more abrasive than your regular tapes. This will probably do the trick for you. Sony makes an excellent miniDV Head Cleaner. If you do not have one, your local camera shop may or you can find them online reasonably priced.

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Some of my Hi8 tapes play in fastforward motion along with the audio, but the other tapes play just fine. What can I do?


Clean the header of your camera. Buy a different camera to play those tapes. Try looking for a tape cleaner and tape lubrificant. Some tapes go so dry and overheat while playing on your camera that they end up on a blue screen and only play on FF and most of times not even that.

A good advice is to keep your tape cold, camera cold and try again.

Dont heat your tapes.

Also try battery playback, so it does not over heat with the power supply on.

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Can't see how to play Hi8 tapes on this Sony dcr-trv340e pal camera


It's a Digital Hi8. Your tapes are Analog.
But it should play Analog also.
In the menu play with "PB Mode" settings.

Apr 14, 2009 | Cameras

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Camera plays in fast forward-like speed


Though I don't know the details of your camera and the tape you are playing, one explanation could be that the tape was recorded in "extended play" EP rather than "standard play" SP. Some VCRs and some cameras are incapable of playing back in EP, a mode where the tape moves at half speed so you can record more on the same tape. The result is that the tape playing back at regular speed appears twice as fast and fast forward will be even faster.

Unfortunately, unless your machine can be manually set to play back in EP (usually it is automatic) the solution is to play it back in a machine that can handle EP.

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Why wont it play LP taped tapes?


Tracking is very sensitive on hi-8 tapes in LP mode. This recorder will record and playback in LP mode. It is however recommended that if you record in LP mode that you use the same camera to play it back, that it was recorded with, or you might have problems.
Also from what I can find online, the TR427 is just an video8 camera not a Hi-8 so if you are trying to play Hi-8 tapes on it, it won't play right.

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Help With My Digital Video Camera!


You try it with proper connection using a new or working wire if you have used a vcr to play back.
Play the tape with any other camera.Bcoz your monitor may be fault.
Play the head cleaning tape in the camera, and try


May be the recording head of your camera is clogged

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Hi8 camera tapes


any brand of hi8 or digital8 camcorder will play back those tapes but sony made a tape deck made to record and play back digital8, hi8, and 8mm tape. you can get here http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/SearchCatalog

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Audio meltdown!!


Use a head cleaner tape (available on eBay most likely) and clean the recording heads.

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How can I play back a tape produced on the GRHD1U?


Tapes may be played back by the camera itself. If the tape was shot in the 720P (HD) or 480P (SD) modes, it cannot be played back on a standard DV VCR or camera. Tapes shot in the 480i (DV) mode are completely compatible and can be played back on any DV VCR/camera. In addition, tapes can be dubbed to a JVC HD DVHS VCR via the firewire connector.

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