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Playback Problems Hi, I have this Sony Digital8 camera and I am having problems with playback. This happens with 99% of my tapes. Most of the tapes are hi8 tapes and recorded in digital format. The problem is basically a jittering or a little skipping of pixels with an image, kind of a scrambling of pixels. The sound will also skip. It's hard to explain, so I put a little video on google's video that show a little scene and you can see what's going on. I would really appreciate any help with that. Thanks so much the video is here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CV_Y4NtGkRs

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  • Anonymous Dec 17, 2007

    Same problem here with skipping jitters both audio and sound which suggests to me a problem with the tape itself or a slipping drive mechanism. I haven't figured out a way to fix it. At times, the problem goes away and all returns to normal. I am using old tapes and perhaps they get stiff or something. I am still experimenting.

  • Same Problem Jan 01, 2008

    I have the same problem when tring to replay some older (i.e., 5 years old) tapes which I recorded using the same camera.  But if I record something now and play it back, I do not have the same issue.  Hence, I suspect that it is a tape problem rather than a camera problem.  Have you experienced he same thing?

  • pamaassa Nov 09, 2008

    when I playback video, it skips

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Ditto. Old tapes seem to be related to the problem. All I have to do is put in a new tape, play it, remove it, put the old one back in and it will play normally again. I can't explain why. I know the camera has an automatic tape detection feature and I wonder if it is at fault. Perhaps the camera has trouble detecting older tapes and the brains get scrambled. A new tape resets the detector. It's just a guess.

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SOURCE: Hi8 Playback Compatibility with Digital* Camcorders

I believe all Sony model DCR-TRV2XX and 3XX would play Hi 8 and ST8
Such as DCR-TRV265, DCR-TRV285 DCR-TRV340, DCR-TRV355
I hope that give you some ideas

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I have a working TRV81 Hi8 HandyCam and 15 Hi8 tapes I'd like to convert to digital and make ready for edit on IMovie (Mac). Would appreciate any advice....


The only way to do that is to play it in a device that plays Hi8 tapes and somehow converts it to a digital signal (likely through firewire as DV), then capture it to your computer just like a digital camcorder.

There are several ways:
1. Buy a device (like a camera) that plays it, output through RCA cables to your other camera or tape deck that is digital through the line in, and then just record that. (Alternatively, you could put that signal into a DVD-R machine and record onto a DVD, then just copy the files off the DVD, if you don't have a way to capture DV through firewire.)
2. Buy a device that plays Digital8 (same tapes, but miniDV FORMAT) and output directly from the tape through firewire. This means you must buy a SONY (only brand that made [now discontinued] Digital8) camcorder or deck [if decks were made, though those are usually expensive].

So, the simple answer: get a Digital8 camera and capture, or get another digital camcorder and a Hi8 camcorder and play through the digital one into the computer.

Buying a Sony Handycam (OLDER model) will be your easiest option, and probably possible on ebay, etc., for $100-$200.


Short of this, you could look to a friend or a professional solution for just getting the tape copied (like VHS->DVD services exist, there is probably some place you can mail your tape to).

EDIT: I should add: You included "8mm" in your title-- that is a bit confusing. 8mm refers to a few formats. One is film (obviously not what you're referring to), but then there is the older "8mm" tape format; it's like Hi8, but I believe it's actually not the same tape-- unlike Digital8 and Hi8which share a physical medium. I don't think you can get an 8mm -> Digital device, so you'd need to go through the RCA cables, as described above. [And though Hi8 is actually 8mm in width, it's not quite the same as the other "8mm" format... for whatever odd reason someone decided.... frown.gif]
However, I suspect you ARE actually working with Hi8, so this shouldn't be a problem.

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I have a GE CG818A Camcorder, when I play it it only plays black and white. Was wondering if there is a used Sony or any camcorder that would play my Video8 P6-120MP tape, in color.


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.

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Yes you can use Hi8/Digital8 NTSC tapes. The camera will record a PAL digital picture on the tapes which means that you can play back the tapes in PAL and therefore you will be able to playback recorded tapes on UK televisions because they are also of the PAL format.

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DCR TRV140E is a Digital8 camera
CCD TRV87E is a Hi8 camera,
(Hi8 is an analog format)
the tapes are the same size, wont help, the recording systems are not compatible
send them to a lab service ?maybe if there are only a few
or ebay a Hi8 camera and transcode them yourself

its not a solution, at least it clarifies the problem

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Hi8 Playback Compatibility with Digital* Camcorders


I believe all Sony model DCR-TRV2XX and 3XX would play Hi 8 and ST8
Such as DCR-TRV265, DCR-TRV285 DCR-TRV340, DCR-TRV355
I hope that give you some ideas

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