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Sony Handycam picture distorted

by tim1889 / November 11, 2008 12:41 PM PST

I have an old Sony handycam that my dad gave me from the late 1980's. It still works, however, when I'm playing back tapes to my t.v. the picture is all distorted. But the picture in the viewfinder on the playback is perfectly clear. I thought the heads on the camcorder may be dirty, but wouldn't the picture on the viewfinder be distorted also? I'm using a co-axial cable from the camcorder to the t.v. Does anyone know what the problem could be. I want to be able to view the tapes. If the picture is clear on the viewfinder, wouldn't that mean the tapes are still good? Thanks for any help.

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1980s SONY Handycam....
by Papa Echo / November 11, 2008 10:18 PM PST

...which model ? Video 8 ? CCD-TR series ? Usually,
You need an AV cable .....Co-axial cables are more for radio signals (TV),but if that is provided for at the handycam, then try changing cables...Depending on where on earth you are, there is also the problem of color systems NTSC, PAL etc. ...BTW, what sort of distortion are you experiencing ? On the other hand, it could be your TV - as you are using a co-axial cable, your TV should be properly tuned to reveice the signal on that specific channel.....Or, did you made the coaxial cable yourself to connect the handycam and TV via the AV ports ? Is there a co-axial port at the handycam ? Do provide more information.

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That's analog and with it.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 12, 2008 1:25 AM PST

All the old issues are still there. No to your question. What to try next are other sets, the tracking setting (if there is one) and piping it through a VCR.
Bob

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