I recently purchased this Canon UCS2 HI8 camcorder on Ebay to transfer my old HI8 tapes to dvd. These tapes were originally recorded on a Sony HI8 camcorder which was stolen. When I play these tapes in my new (actually used but in working condition) camcorder the video is distorted or shredded looking,almost looking like it is playing at faster speed, like a fast scan. Also the audio is distorted and warped sounding. This happens with numerous tapes of various age and brands.
When I record a tape on this camcorder the playback is fine at first. When I take that tape out and reinsert it the payback is distorted as well.
Is it possible that tapes recorded on one HI8 machine will not playback on another? I did try cleaning the heads with a Sony HI8 cleaning cassette. No better. Should I take this machine to be repaired, perhaps have the tape heads realigned?
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.
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I had a similar problem with a Cannon Optura PI and had to send it in. It was better, but I still have problems on occasion. If your intent is to transfer all the tapes to media, I would suggest purchasing Toshiba's DVD Video Recorder/Video Cassette Recorder. Model: DVR620KU.
I use a VHS-C Cassette Adapter to play my VHS-C tapes in and the dubbed them to a DVD. Works great. Unfortunately, there is no 8mm/VHS Adapters, since 8mm, Hi8, miniDV are different formats with different technical
characteristics than VHS. These formats were never developed with the
intention to be mechanically compatible with past or current VHS
technology. Your best bet would to borrow a HI-8 Camcorder and then dub your tapes to DVD's using the Toshiba machine.
Here is a link to the Toshiba machine. http://www.testfreaks.com/dvd-players-recorders/toshiba-dvr620/
To the best of my knowledge 8mm VTR's have not been available for some time now. On the other hand there are plenty of Hi8 cameras and players available after market. eBay is a great source. Keep in mind that Hi8 cameras and decks will also play standard 8mm video tapes. There are also many video tape transfer services that will transfer your 8mm tapes to DVD or other formats of your choice. Just Google "videotape transfer service"
I have the same issue myself with my gillion of family tapes and my Hi8 unit broken! The only remedy I have found is to either invest in a new lower price HI8 unit, rent a unit and get my transfers done, or pay to have the old tapes put on dvd professionally. None of these options are too appealing to me, but really seem to be the only options available. If only HI8 had an adapter like VHS-C! I personally would look on some of the online resellers to see if you can obtain a unit that is lower priced to meet your needs. Investing overall in a Hi8 as your only camcorder is not advised, due to it being almost obsolete technology.
I play the hi8 video back to the T V lcd 32 screen
Because you video in not in digtal format
From the Telly i set up the try pot install the camcorder jvc 30
everio zoom in to size start the camera camcorder
for video start the hi8 video in the telly pres the recorder
on camcorder and record. This is the way the piratcy is done in the Cinamas
your guides have come loose , probably - the
digital sound will be next to go because the
bottom edge of your tapes are being folded -
open the cassette tape lid by pressing the
small pin near one hinge and gently lifting
the door - if there are any creases ? get the
guides aligned ! to protect your library ;
( if there are no creases , try a sony
d8 cleaning tape - once ! before getting a
repair quote ) ;