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Sony TRV510-playback, audio choppy, image isn't clear

I have 8mm and Hi8 cassettes that I wanted to watch. The video recorded on 8mm was made with a different camcorder, the Hi8 were made with the Sony TRV510. When I tried to playback Hi8 cassettes, the sound is choppy and the imaging looks as if it were being forwarded or rewinded--there are those bands that appear across the LCD and then for a few seconds the imaging may be clear then back to bands or mosaic. I tried using a head cleaning cassette but there is no improvement. When I played an 8mm cassette, one cassette started play but then turned to static.
Does this sound like something that is easily repairable? Anything I can do myself or is it worth it to bring to a repair shop?
If I were to try and buy a Hi8 VCR, what type should I look for? The cassettes I have all seem to be 8mm or Hi8. 
Frustrated, Christine Nigro

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  • crosswindcal Dec 29, 2008

    I have a similar problem with the playback however I narrowed the problem down on the playback only having this problem when the camcorder is being swung to follow a moving target or it also occurs when the zoom in and out is utilized. The playback is fine and when the camcorder is stationary.

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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 tried it, and IT WORKED!!

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  • Stephen Nazigian Jun 27, 2011

    OMG, this simple and elegant solution worked perfectly for me with my Sony DCR-TRV730, purchased just yesterday at a flea market.

  • Jane Marlowe Nov 02, 2011

    This worked for me as well. Thank you so much! I thought I had lost the entire tape of my son's 4th summer.

  • ANTHONY BASKETT Aug 28, 2013

    WOW!!!! Great suggestion. This actually worked for me too and I REALLY NEEDED IT TO. Thanks sooo much for posting the very helpful suggestion.

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I did the 2nd solution by recording 15 seconds on a brand new tape and then when I put the other 8mm tape back in it worked and sounded perfectly! The sony website quoted me $311 to fix my camcorder and all I had to do was that! Thanks so much for the idea!

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