As the heading says, the camera won't playback. Or else it won't record, I'm not quite sure. But when I "record" something and then try to watch it, the screen stays blue like there's nothing recorded. Please help!!!
Also what kind of cord must be bought to put the recorded data on to the computer?
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First guess is the camera has dirty heads. Suggestion is to run a head cleaner in your video camera. Regardless of the instructions on the head cleaner, I usually run the head-cleaner tape on "Play" for about 10 to 15 seconds, and then on "Record" another 10 to 15 seconds. Wait for 10 minutes before loading your playback tape. Try playing your tape again.
Also, check to be sure the tape is loaded properly and that the hatch closes securely and properly. A hastily loaded tape or an ill-fitting closure could cause the play function to stop. If this does not solve the issue, it may be something in the play switch or in the playback mechanism that requires repair services. If the problem continues, I would recommend calling the Panasonic Company and speak with Tech support or Video Camera Repair. They may be able to tell you and estimate of what it would cost for the repair.
Mine did the same thing. I cleaned the head with a dry tape cleaner
then instead of just showing a blue screen it started showing a screen
with the video but with gray lines on it. Cleaned it a few more times
but it still didn't work. Finally I came up with a solution they say
not to do this but if your careful it will be fine. Get a bottle of
nail polish remover acetone free and some q-tips. Dampen one of the
q-tips make sure its only damp and not wet be sure not to get finger
oil on your q-tips. With the camera tape port ejected and open lightly
swab the head with the q-tip with nail polish remover do this as long
as you like being sure to clean the whole head once complete let it
dry for a few minutes when it drys it will be dull looking with a thin
white film on it. Take a fresh q-tip ensuring you don't touch the
cotton your going to use this to wipe the film off the head once
complete the head will look shiny. try your tape and if it works it was
a dirty head if it plays the screws up most likely your tape is dirty
or messed up.
Have you tried using a cleaning tape? It may be the heads are dirty.
If not it may need a service, even if its unserviceable due to age they go fairly cheaply on ebay, and it may be wise to pick up a spare anyway.
But regardless with the age of digital8 and 8mm in general i would recommend backing up your tapes.
DVD recorders can now be bought very cheaply, If you buy a fairly good one (I have LiteonLVW-5006) It should have fire wire / DV link so you can transfer your pictures digitally you can then fairly easily edit your videos with something like "womble" on your PC
Don't forget to copy your disks every 5 years (or less depends how precious the films are and keep duplicates) and keep them well out of sunlight as DVD's quite often fail quite quickly, leaving one in the sun can kill it in hours.
One possible cause is that normal recording could not be performed because the heads were dirty at the time of recording. Clean the heads, and perform recording and playback again. If normal playback can be performed, the heads are clean. Before an important recording, be sure to conduct a test recording to make sure that normal recording can be performed.
≥If the heads become dirty soon after cleaning, the problem may be the tape. If so, try another cassette.
≥During playback, the picture or sound may be interrupted momentarily, but this is not a malfunction of the Camcorder. (One possible cause is that the playback is interrupted by dirt or dust that momentarily adheres to the heads.)
If the heads become dirty, “NEED HEAD CLEANING” appears during recording. During playback, moreover, the following symptoms appear. ≥Mosaic-like noise appears partially or the sound is interrupted. ≥Black or blue mosaic-like horizontal stripes appear.
When normal playback cannot be performed even after the head cleaning One possible cause is that normal recording could not be performed because the heads were dirty at the time of recording. Clean the heads, and perform recording and playback again. If normal playback can be performed, the heads are clean. Before an important recording, be sure to conduct a test recording to make sure that normal recording can be performed. ≥If the heads become dirty soon after cleaning, the problem may be the tape. If so, try another cassette. ≥During playback, the picture or sound may be interrupted momentarily, but this is not a malfunction of the Camcorder. (One possible cause is that the playback is interrupted by dirt or dust that momentarily adheres to the heads.)
Head alignment (re-aligning the tracks) is not something we as owners can undertake - it has to be done professionally.
You can however quite safely clean the heads by using one of the dry cleaning tapes sold for the purpose. I have used an 8mm/Hi-8 cleaning tape made by TDK for a number of years with good results. Remember that if your heads are dirty both recording and playback will be affected and once you have cleaned the heads you need to test the camera by recording new footage and then playing it back to see if matters have improved. Good Luck.
try to clean the video head using a blank new tape.....just forward or rewind it until the head been clean cause using a head cleaner is damaging the head,the cleaner is so rough that why i cannot recommend of using that...if it still the problem is like rainy picture...the problem is the head it need to be replace but if the cost is to high you think you better buy a new camera....