Old u-matic videotapes fail to fast-forward, rewind or play. Some tapes wind very slowly and then stop the machine, and I have to eject to get it started again.
However, some tapes work just fine, so it isn't the tape deck. How do I loosent the mechanism to get it to move more freely?
IFYI, the video is still good on these 25 year-old tapes. I only need them to work once to copy them to current digital format.
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sounds like to me the tape is to tight .try rewinding the tape all the way then fast forward all the way till it stops repeat and it should loosen up. if not the tape is no good the blue screen might go away after the tape is loosened n try cleaning the tape player good luck
yes, one nice overhaul will fix..(this can be done by you if you are daring...when u open take apart you will find a metal strip like band..I had used a bandaid for brakes the gauze side) you need new brakes (just like a car it is run down) on the reels in order for it slow & stop when it suppose to...or you can search and find a good old fashion repairman..(sorry I dont know of none)...for dragging, before playing all open reels fast fwd to one end then rewind it back to the beginning now hold the blank reel with that little bit catch tape try to tighten full side tape by going slightly going the other way not trying to stretch nor pop the tape.....now press play
Though I don't know the details of your camera and the tape you are playing, one explanation could be that the tape was recorded in "extended play" EP rather than "standard play" SP. Some VCRs and some cameras are incapable of playing back in EP, a mode where the tape moves at half speed so you can record more on the same tape. The result is that the tape playing back at regular speed appears twice as fast and fast forward will be even faster.
Unfortunately, unless your machine can be manually set to play back in EP (usually it is automatic) the solution is to play it back in a machine that can handle EP.
I am assuming that the problem is with just the one tape...
Two things spring to mind - Either the tape has snapped or the reel lock mechanism is jammed.
1) Check the tape. With the cassette the right way up, press the little button on the right-hand end just behind the tape flap, flip the tape flap up and check that there is actually some tape there. If not, it's snapped.
2) With the cassette upside-down and with the tape flap facing away from you, you should see a small hole in the centre of the cassette about 2cm from the edge nearest you. Press something gently in here to release the reel locks. Then give both reels a couple of small turns back and forth (a finger stuck in the reel holes is ideal for this!) Before you put the cassette back into your machine, make sure there isn't any slack on the tape by gently winding any excess back in by turning the reels, but don't wind it to tightly - the moment you feel resistance, stop.