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Sony DCR-PC8E PAL Camcorder Playback Issue

I have a Sony DCR-PC8E PAL camcorder and i’ve loaded into it a Sony DV Premium MD DVM60 MiniDV Tape which has worked perfectly, i’ve now tried another 3 tapes and they go in fine but when I rewind them the counter doesn’t actually move but it is rewinding the tapes. I then try to play them and it seems to play but nothing shows on the screen or the computer (connected via firewire). I’ve tried a Sony head cleaner to no avail and trying the other tape again (the one that worked) works perfectly, but I can’t see that they would have all corrupt. It seems there’s a compatibility issue somewhere but i’ve looked online and can’t see any issues described. Anyone any suggestions please? thanks in advance!

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Clarification Request
Firewire is not used

In reply to: Sony DCR-PC8E PAL Camcorder Playback Issue

for playback - but for digital video transfer from the digital tape to the computer. Playback using the camcorder will be connecting the camcorder AV-out port with an appropriate cable to the monitor's AV-inputs.

The "E" designation in DCR-PC8E" means the camcorder is PAL video format - you seems you already know this. That means when the camcorder is used for playback, the monitor needs to be able to deal with PAL format video (25 frames per second)... In North America, NTSC format video is 30 frames per second so playback of PAL video will be a problem.

There could be a problem with the playback head... or it could be something else...

This camcorder dates back to 2002... Surprised it still works at all.

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It's been years but WinDV and other titles

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Thanks, Bob.

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I was not clear and made an assumption - my definition of "playback" was more of a "full screen monitor" thing using a traditional TV-type monitor rather than watching the video being imported or streaming the camera's view into the computer. But point taken. I don't remember monitors (no computer) with a firewire port for viewing captured video - they may have existed but I was never exposed to them.

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Remember this stuff is from long ago.

In reply to: Thanks, Bob.

One of the nicest Firewire apps I used allowed you to use your laptop as a big monitor and control the camcorder. You could see what the camcorder was going to record, line up the shot then press record on the laptop. I can't recall what it was called but Adobe bought the company and folded it into their products.

As to without a PC there was something long ago. It's history and I recall it was some Sony. As that is 20 years ago, nothing most folk would have ever seen. Rare is not the word here.

I used firewire for a time so you knew to listen when a product had it.

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