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Bad Playback on Certain Cameracorders

by jlouies / October 10, 2005 11:36 AM PDT

Has anyone seen something similar to my issue with MINI DV Cameracorders?:

My new cameracorder (Sony DCR-HC21) records and plays it's recordings perfectly, however it does not play older recordings without skipping, or no audio.

My old cameracorder(JVC Cybercam) plays all tapes, the ones it created years ago, AND the ones the newer cameracorder created.

I dont think the old tapes are corrupted, they play fine in the old JVC that created them. Is the tracking off on the new Sony that allows only it's recordings to play perfectly?

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(NT) (NT) Since it's new, make it a warranty issue.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 10, 2005 12:10 PM PDT
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The old camcorder may be misaligned. That would allow it
by Kiddpeat / October 10, 2005 1:15 PM PDT

to play its own tapes while the new camera cannot. It may also have looser tolerances which allow it to play new tapes. It could also be the reverse. You would need another newer camera to decide which one is at fault. Since the new camera can play its own tapes OK, it's not a foregone conclusion that the fault lies in the new machine.

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Makes Sense
by jlouies / October 10, 2005 3:24 PM PDT

That makes sense. I wonder what I can do about the old tapes to ensure they're playable beyond the life of the old cameracorder.

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Convert them to DVD or capture them on your PC through a
by Kiddpeat / October 11, 2005 3:22 AM PDT
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firewire interface. Then write them back to a new tape in the new recorder. Your capture/editing software must, of course, be able to send the video back to the camcorder for recording on tape.

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Read this nice discussion.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 11, 2005 3:50 AM PDT
In reply to: Makes Sense
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