8mm tape playing in time and a half with tracking issues

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by dillydallydesigns, Mar 8, 2008.

  1. I have an 8 year old 8mm tape that hasn't been played in 6+ years. I
    played the tape in Hi8 camera and it played back sped up at approx.
    1.5-2x normal speed with a lot of tracking issues. Any one have a
    good idea what may be causing it and possible fixes?
    dillydallydesigns, Mar 8, 2008
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  2. First guess would be that the tape was recorded at the
    "long-playing" speed (1/2 the "normal" speed). The LP
    mode is notoriously unreliable on vitually all formats
    (not just 8mm) even under good conditions. Playing
    it back years later on a different machine is practically
    a guarantee of your reported symptoms.

    If the content is valuable enough, you can spend the $$$
    to take the machine and the tape to a repair shop where
    they can "align" the machine so that it will track the
    tape. Of course it will be of questionable value for any
    other use until it is aligned back to "normal".

    If the original machine is still available, I would certainly
    try playing it back there before spending any $$$.
    Richard Crowley, Mar 8, 2008
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  3. Had this same trouble with and older camcorder years ago.
    i didn't know it was filming at a slightly slower speed than what I
    bought to play it back at a few years later.

    My suggestion is to get it OFF the old 8mm tape, and take it someplace
    they can convert it too either digital8, mini8, or on a dvd.

    Richard Ragon, Mar 23, 2008
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