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TAPE LODED IN SONY CAMCORDER, BUT WILL NOT PLAY NOR UNLOAD. wdHEN i TURN ON THE POWER, i CAN HEAR IT TRYING TO PLAY BUT AFTER A MOMENT IT STYOPS AND MAKES NO FURTHER NOISE.

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I have the exact same camera and same exact same problem. Any analog Video8 or Hi-8 camcorder or VCR will play these tapes.

By using the same cassettes as Hi8, many (NOT ALL) Digital8 (produced by Sony exclusively) camcorders are able to play analog Video8/Hi8 recordings, preserving compatibility with already recorded analog tapes.

you can connect Digital8 camcorders to your computer to download your movies for editing or Internet use.

As of 2008, Digital8 camcorders have been removed from the equipment offered by Sony.

Posted on Nov 23, 2010

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