8mm analogue camcorder tape playback at double speed
Checked camcorder working ok, problems with 8mm cassette tape (analgoue camcorder). When I play back through camcorder it plays at double speed (as if in fast foward mode), have played through another 2 camcorders and the same problem occurs. Obviously it is the tape itself that it misfunctioning.
Also, have played similar 8mm tapes through same 3 camcorders and they all work fine. Just this particular tape and, you guessed it, its the most precious of all I have!! Help? Please?
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Re: 8mm analogue camcorder tape playback at double speed
If you ran it through that many 8mm players, I'm going to say that the tape has something wrong with it.
You can see visually if there is anything wrong with the tape by releasing the cover by moving the tape and visually inspect the tape for anything that could be frayed. Usually you can see it on the bottom of the tape.
Sometimes the takeup can be messed up in the tape too. Once you release the tape cover, you can turn the white wheels to see if there is any slack in them.
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Since it is playing the tape, the play head is ok. Now recording is done by recording heads so you may have a clogged heads or damaged recording heads. Try to clean the heads with head cleaning tape to see if it would help. 1. remove the tape and leave the door open. 2. using a canned air, blow out any dusts in the tape area. 3. run head cleaning tape for about 10 seconds and no more. 4. try the recording.. If this does not resolve, you may have a damaged or heavy clogged video heads. Take it to nearest video technician for a diagnostic. -James
In 1990s Sony camcorder records movie in analog format so playing in digital camcorder like DCR-TRV730 doesn't mean it will be converted in digital format and you can not import file in PC for editing purpose. You will get analog signal while playing back old cassettes.
Regarding SP, LP speed, its decided at time of recording. Camera sens SP or LP automatically in playback and set itself accordingly.
If you want to convert old cassettes into digital format, connect our camcorder to DVD recorder and burn DVD which is digital format, copy DVD files in to PC and do desired editing.
I was having the exact same problems, and I read a post on this website somewhere recommending that I just record a few seconds of video on a blank portion of tape and then the camera should start playing video normally again.
I Had a similar problem with my 8600. Most likely the camera is also no longer recording. There were two problems I found, either one could have caused the problem. 1) the 8mm tape was not actually moving through the record/play head. With modern cameras. there are no indications that the tape is actually moving. 2) the record/play head is dirty. What I did was remove the side plate that covers the tape cassette to allow me to verify that the tape was moving properly. After that, I removed the tape, removed the battery, and used isopropyl alcohol and a q tip to clean the head. I imagine there are cleaning tapes that one can buy to do this as well. though I doubt they work as well as a q tip. THere are two screws that hold the cover on.
What's happening is that the tape in the cassette is being chewed on one side by the camera's tape transporting mechanism during playback, hence the distorted image and sound. The mechanism might be damaged (misalignment) or just dirty. Try not to play other tapes on this unit because they will become permanently damaged. The best way is to find another camcorder (if cleaning does not help). Note that some old cassettes of long recording time will exhibit this behavior more often because of thinner tape used.