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.
Re: Sony TRV510-playback, audio choppy, image isn't clear
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.
Re: Sony TRV510-playback, audio choppy, image isn't clear
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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Greetings Jerry - You don't need a Sony head cleaning tape. 8mm is a standard that was used by many manufacturers.
Head cleaning cassettes for 8 mm and Hi8 are exactly the same, there is no Hi8 head cleaning cassette except one that Sony used to sell for almost three times as much as a regular 8mm and offered nothing special.
Sony also made a bit of a big deal that you can't use "wet" cleaners inside your Sony Hi8 camcorders...also not true and Sony was just trying to part you from your wallet.
I can understand if you have some concerns about these things so I suggest you Google around something like "head cleaners for 8mm and Hi8."
To the best of my knowledge 8mm VTR's have not been available for some time now. On the other hand there are plenty of Hi8 cameras and players available after market. eBay is a great source. Keep in mind that Hi8 cameras and decks will also play standard 8mm video tapes. There are also many video tape transfer services that will transfer your 8mm tapes to DVD or other formats of your choice. Just Google "videotape transfer service"
I recently had similar problem. Sony Phone tech support was very helpful. The answers were strange. You need to make sure the cameral is turned off, unpluged and take the battery out for at least 5 minutes. (something to do with reseting firmware). That sort of worked when coupled with there last comment which was to RECORD about 15 seconds and play it back. Mine was instantly healed!
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.
There are no such adapters that would allow 8mm, Hi8 and Mini DV tapes to be played in a VHS VCR. Only the old VHS-C tapes can fit and play in an adapter.
There are several reasons why 8mm (or Hi8 and miniDV tapes) cannot be physically played in a VHS VCR:
1. 8mm (Hi8, miniDV) is a different format with different technical characteristics than VHS. These formats were never developed with the intention to be mechanically compatible with current VHS technology.
2. 8mm/Hi8 tapes are 8mm wide (miniDV is 6mm wide), while VHS tape is 1/2" wide, making it impossible for a VHS video head to read the taped information correctly.
3. 8mm/Hi8/miniDV tapes are recorded and played at different speeds than VHS, so even if the tapes could physically fit into a standard VHS VCR, the VCR still couldn't play back the tapes at their correct speeds.
4. 8mm/Hi8/minDV audio is recorded differently than VHS. 8mm/Hi8 audio is recorded in AFM HiFi mode, while miniDV audio is recording in 12-Bit or 16-Bit PCM digital audio format. So, even if the video could be played back in a VHS VCR, the audio could not be read properly.
5. 8mm/Hi8 video is of higher resolution than VHS and is recorded in a different bandwidth length (miniDV video is recorded digitally), so once again, a standard VCR still could not read the information correctly, even if the tape could fit into a VCR.