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.
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!