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Unstable Image on PB, Sony Video 8 Handicam CCD-TR65

by Editmom / June 3, 2013 12:46 PM PDT

Having image stability problems within the viewfinder on playing back cassettes. I know it cannot be my cassettes because when I change them out, I consistently have the same problem.

Consequently, I cannot transfer them.

I tried cleaning the heads both with a head cleaner and with Q-Tips and rubbing alcohol. This has not solved my problem.

I am wondering if it is an alignment issue. I cannot locate online a photo/diagram of what the capstan, idler alignment should look like, so I haven't any if they are mis-aligned.

Naturally, I am on a very tight time crunch with this, so waiting for repair won't work. I'd sooner have to buy another camera.

I have not located the same camera to buy, but I did locate the Sony 8mm Handicam CCD-TR66, for sale locally, for $45. SO, I am investigating buying that if I cannot find some resolution trying to make mine work.


THANKING YOU IN ADVANCE for your willingness to help me.

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Just so you know.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 4, 2013 1:49 AM PDT

No one I know in service aligns such things. They replace the drive or the camcorder. My background includes engineering support for a CCTV manufacturing company but let's hope you get your video out before we can't find more equipment.

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by Editmom / June 5, 2013 1:59 AM PDT
In reply to: Just so you know.

Am receiving fancy head cleaner today. Hope it does the trick.

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Let me share.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 5, 2013 2:07 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks.

The service department used a few cleaning fluids and lint free cleaning swabs. I don't remember what the fluids were but it definitely included the usual alcohol but as you could find peanut butter, urine and any thing else they kept at least 3 or more different fluids on hand.

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by Editmom / June 5, 2013 10:54 AM PDT
In reply to: Let me share.

I solved the playback issue. Good head cleaning - and now the pb image is stable.
1 how do you monitor audio during pb from the camera itself? I see no way to do it, and when I load into imovie, it doesn't allow it either.
2. I see digitizing to imovie is prohibitive- as the image stabilization ot renders after digitizing is real time... so, twice the time.
2. The image, in imovie, is unstable.
I don't know how to fix this.
I will try to digitize into FCPX (the trial version) and see if it works any better. If it doesn't, then I will be looking for other digitizing programs. Jeez--- I should just get 30K and get back on an Avid!


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