could you please tell me how to fix my camcorder (sony hi8 ccd trv107e pal)? When I playback the tape, I can only hear the sound but nothing appears on the LCD, only blue screen. Thanks for your help.
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Re: cannot playback hi8 ccd trv107e pal
Dirty video head! Playback newly opened blank tape for
five minutes, after that eject, reinsert, playback
then eject again five times, these will serve as your
video head cleaner, never use "video head cleaning
cassette tape" for it will only damage your camera.
Most camera has built in video head cleaner
installed inside and activates only when you insert,
initial play/rec, and ejects a tape. If the problem is
still there you need pro fix then.[:0)
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DCR-TRV250E is a PAL version camera of the Digital8 format.
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.
Unfortunately solution #1 is incorrect. Many Sony Hi8 camcorders had the ability to store timecode information on the tapes. My TR3400 is one of them. It is not stored in the same way as the newer digital cameras, but it is there nonetheless. It is not permanently imprinted in the picture either, it can be turned on or off at will during playback if you chose to date stamp your footage when you took it (it was optional). See this list for a partial list of cameras that did support it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rewritable_consumer_timecode.
I have had my hopes that the Digital8 cameras could provide the required translation to DV timecode, but I keep hearing conflicting reports, typically the answer is no. There is a third party product that was created to help solve this problem though: http://www.octochron.com/faqSonyHi8RcTimeCodeDataCode.htm. It is not particularly cheap but if you really need the timecode it looks like the only real alternative at this point. I have not used it myself yet, but may have to as well.
I am not sure where you are located but the camcorder you're trying to use now is a PAL version of Sony's 8mm camcorder. If the tapes you recorded earlier were recorded in D8 (digital 8) or 8mm/Hi8 format NTSC, they will not play correctly in this unit. The NTSC and PAL formats are different and not compatible.
Hope this helps you.