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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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  • binno Jun 11, 2008

    Hi there,



    The camcorder I am using to play the 8mm tape through is a Samsung VP-W60 (I have also used a Sony CCD-TR510E) which results in the same problem (both camcorders work ok with other tapes). The problem tape plays back at double speed with the fine grainy white horizontal lines on.



    Hope you can help. Thanks for trying.

  • binno Jun 16, 2008

    Thanks for your help. Nothing obvious when looking at the tape and the white wheels move freely, tape also not frayed. Think I might have to accept defeat on this one. Thanks

  • lane57 Mar 24, 2009

    the record speed seems to be working fine, but when I play it back it seems to be at double the normal speed. Also the audio can not be herd.


  • Tim Babcock
    Tim Babcock May 11, 2010

    What model camcorder is this?

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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.

Good luck on that.

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