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hi 8 playback on a different recorder

by josephus2 / April 23, 2004 2:20 AM PDT

I have a new sony camcorder that will not play my hi8 mm tapes.

It comes out all black and scratchy.

Thing is, all previous taped hi8mm recording was done on a sony camcorder as well.

What gives??

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Re:hi 8 playback on a different recorder
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 24, 2004 8:37 AM PDT

Let's ask...

Is the new camcorder Hi-8?


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Re:Re:hi 8 playback on a different recorder
by 4018 / April 27, 2004 12:36 AM PDT

Thanks for the response. I have to check. I believe it tapes on both 8 and hi8 tapes. It is a 8mm camcorder for sure.

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hi8 playbback on non es6500v is non-existent
by kjj75 / September 2, 2008 2:30 PM PDT

We recorded the first moments of our son on our hi8 tapes on a family member's panasonic camcorder in 2003 (model number I do not know). The camcorder was stolen in 2004. Now I tried to use the hi8 tapes (2008) in my cousin's Canon ES6500v camcorder and it doesn't show one bit of footage, just static.

Is this a formatting issue? Is there anyway I can see this tape again with a different type of camera or device?

I did buy the Dazzle DVD recorder to transfer video from the Analog player on my computer, but it seems as those that doesn't matter because I can't see anything on the tapes anyway.

Please advise

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 2, 2008 10:50 PM PDT

You can send such tapes to be converted by the usual places to DVD or see if such a camcorder that plays your old tape shows up on Ebay, Craigslist or Freecycle.

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So different recorders
by kjj75 / September 2, 2008 11:46 PM PDT
In reply to: "Yup"

So, just to clarify: Some camcorders read/record tapes differently even if both camcorders take hi8 tapes?

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 2, 2008 11:57 PM PDT
In reply to: So different recorders

Hope that's clear enough. I've had best luck when it's the same make and they note in the spec it plays the old tapes.

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