not sure how many calls you get from New Zealand.
I have a Canon UC9 Hi8 camcorder.
i cannot load any Hi8 tapes.
Have tried on battery and with the power adaptor, makes no difference.
If i have no tape in, then when i push door closed the mechanism retracts down into the camera as it should. If i put a tape in and close door, it does not retract (load) down into camera, it thinks about it for a few seconds and then opens door again. The eye piece screen says eject.
when i close door with no tape, the head capstan does not spin up (seems reasonable) When i do close door with tape in, the capstan does spin up ok.
With no tape, as mechanism retracts down into camera, the arms move down and wrap around capstan, so the ones that would wrap tape around capstan if the Hi8 cassette was in the camera.
so seems to load up ok if no tape, but does not load up if tape inserted..
the screen flashes the No Tape symbol if no tape, but that symbol goes away if i put a tape in
any thoughts?? cheers Paul
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The fault seems to be in the sensor and the mode switch of the loading system which is connected with the main controller processor and loading driver. This can be a failure of the tape end detector which is a IR - infra red- emitter which is placed in the center of the tape tray and MUST feed continuous signal to the END IR detectors placed at either ends. Also the tape seems to load with a false detection of the cassette within when the tray is closed for this reason of the failure along with a possible misplaced mode switch settings. This triggers to make the loading move without a reason and so can be due to failure of the the mode switch or unbalanced settings.You will need some experience to remove the tray unit, then check on the IR sensors and also check the settings of the loading drive and mode switch.
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does that happens with all your tapes or for a specific one?
if for all:
the grease of the mechanism must have become hard with the dust and the time ! it is not easy to repair and i would recommend you to think about buying a second hand one on ebay for ex, because the repair will cost more than that !
if it is only with specific tapes, make them go fast forwards and fast rewind various times to re "flexibilise" the tape, because with time the turns of the plastic tape are a bit glued together, that can be used also when the recordings are really short clips, as when the motors goes and stop, it can make ridges on each side of the all tape (like waves) so FW and RW and it re rolls on a better way without interruption
Since my request..Found i could answer my own questions. Brought firewire card with 6 pin socket.Also brought a cable with a 6 pin to fit the firewire card @ a 4 pin on the other end for the camera .Found my install cd. Loaded the USB installation. Got my connection completed between the camera @ the computer.With regard to the tape formats no problems at all.With nero 6 not sure yet.My home movies go back as far as 1989 and the quality is as good as new.Hope SONY don't stop making the dv tapes. With the external hard drives for editing @ storage need an answer for capacity James from Auckland New Zealand.
I have the same issue myself with my gillion of family tapes and my Hi8 unit broken! The only remedy I have found is to either invest in a new lower price HI8 unit, rent a unit and get my transfers done, or pay to have the old tapes put on dvd professionally. None of these options are too appealing to me, but really seem to be the only options available. If only HI8 had an adapter like VHS-C! I personally would look on some of the online resellers to see if you can obtain a unit that is lower priced to meet your needs. Investing overall in a Hi8 as your only camcorder is not advised, due to it being almost obsolete technology.
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.