The camera is showing that all 9 of my tapes that I keep are blank and when I try to record onto those tapes it doesn't record.
I was going through tapes trying to find a particular one. I put one in, watched it for a second, realized it wasn't the right one, put another in and it showed that it was blank and every tape after that (including the first one I tried) was shown as blank. And also would not record onto the tapes. It would show that it was recording, but when I would go back to watch it, it would show that it was blank.
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Re: Sony DCR-HC38 not recording or playing
Try to clean the video head...just forward a blank new tape 5 times...until the head is being cleaning...dont use a video head cleaner...just think using a sand paper to the head....it damaging the head
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Sony and the other media suppliers do not recommend re-recording over any digital tapes, including MiniDV. Re using tapes can lead to dropouts and errors after only a few times. With MiniDV prices so inexpensive these days (in the grand scheme of things), is there any reason NOT to use new tape? Also, many companies keep all their MiniDV tapes as a kind of stock footage archive. You never know when you might need a shot that you have already filmed, and it saves considerable time and money to pick the tape off the shelf.
The playback head is probably dirty and cannot show the picture - the screen is blue. Run a blank tape in the tape drive and execute a record all the way through the tape. Then play back a pre-recorded tape to verify it plays back ok.
try it without inserting cassette if it closes correctly and doesnt load with cassette then 99% problem is with drum motor.look out for drum motor connector remove it clean it with pencil eraser and try again if it works, fine or just replace drum motor
The dcr-hc38 is a minidv camcorder that usea a minidv tape. There is no "delete" on tape camcorders. You simply record over the tape. Or if you want to get rid of a recorded section on the tape you dont want, find out the exact minutes/seconds display of the section you dont want and just record over the section with the lens cap on. To fully edit the tape, you will need to upload to your computer and use the editing software that came with your camcorder.
Regarding no picture in playback is problem mostly of dirty / clogged video head in Sony handy-cam and can be corrected by using good quality video head cleaning tape.
As far as memory stick picture concern, I think lost pictures (42)would be in other folder on memory stick.
There is no problem on your camera, DCR-HC19E is PAL system(European system) DCR-HC20 is NTSC(American system). Are you in US or Europe? I think your TV is NTSC, cause the tape recorded on DCR-HC19E you played has no color. To confirm, connect your HC20 to TV in camera mode, not recording yet, just look at the TV as your monitor, If its in color, no problem, just erase the old video recorded on the HC19E, but if its important to you, you can convert it to NTSC using a PC. thanks