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Tracking seems off

My Hitachi 8mm seems to have a tracking problem, when I play back old tapes, there is no sound and there is a horizontal bar across the screen. When I playback newly recorded tapes it looks great. How can I adjust the tracking so I can play back all my library. I was hoping to convert all the tapes into DVDs with my Mac, but it seems useless now, unless I can set the tracking.

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I have had the same problem. There is no way to manually adjust the tracking on this Hitachi, or on most 8mm cameras, for that matter. I copied all of my more recent tapes to DVD first (2 copies of each) and then I went to the oldest tapes, which for some reason were OK. When I got to one tape that gave me trouble, I just let it play in the camcorder for about an hour. It adjusted its own tracking so that the picture was OK. Then, I rewound the tape and copied that one. I still have 2 tapes that will not adjust. I am going to send those out to a copying service. I hope they can adjust the tracking and make the copies I need.
By the way, I used this camera and a Panasonic DMR-E55 to make the DVD copies.

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