Not sure whether it is the playback or the recording. It is a Sony Handycam TRV43 Hi8 Camcorder. A bad tape was stuck in it.
I had to get the tape out so I took it apart and extracted the tape. I lost several screws but I was able to get it working for the event. Later the same bad tape was put back into the camera (don't ask). This time after extracting the tape the image was jittery. I have secured replacement screws, but it doesn't seem to be fixing the problem. Thoughts?
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Re: Camcorder jittery image
How many times did you clean the head? and what with? often you can irrepairably damage the head on these machines by overcleaning. How much difference did the head cleaning make?
What was "bad" about the bad tape? was it old/got wet/left in sun/etc....?
Are you sure none of the missing screws are still in the machine?
Are you getting the same results if you play back using a different camera/player or have you only tried your camera?
Are there any unusual noises when the camera is recording or playing back? - listen really really carefully, in case there is a motor or gearing problem.
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The Sony DCR-TRV130 is a D8 digital camcorder which is not compatible with Hi8 camcorders.
You need to have an Hi8 camcorder or DCR-TRV103 or similar camcorders that backward compatible with Hi8 camcorders.
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.
I was having the exact same problems, and I read a post on this website somewhere recommending that I just record a few seconds of video on a blank portion of tape and then the camera should start playing video normally again.
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.
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)