Hi8 tape problem

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Alex, Jan 11, 2004.

  1. Alex

    Alex Guest


    I got from a friend a Hi8 camera (Canon) with a Hi8 tape inside.

    I watched it once, the picture/sound was perfect. I watched it the second
    time, the picture started
    having white horiz. lines (fast moving randomly over the screen) and the
    sound skips once every minute
    or so. Also the image got distorted from time to time.
    I watched it the third time, more white lines, more often sound skips...

    My guess is every time I watch it, it gets worse. I thought its a dirty head
    so I bought a
    Sony V8-25CLD 8mm Head Cleaner. I ran it 3 times, no improvment.

    I captured a sample image so you can see what I'm talking about:

    Is there any way I can fix this, or the tape is damaged forever ? I don't
    know anyone
    with a Hi8 cam, except this one.

    Any help would be very much appreciated. This tape is extremely important to
    me :-/

    Thank you,

    Alex, Jan 11, 2004
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    Paul Heslop Guest

    It looks like dirt, though from your description I thought the tape had been
    Paul Heslop, Jan 11, 2004
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  3. Placing a new blank tape in the machine and playing it back (without
    watching it of course) will clean the heads better than most off the shelf
    head cleaners. Let the tape play all the way through. This is what I do
    rather than risk damage to the heads by running a head cleaner too often.
    Digital Video Solutions, Jan 11, 2004
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    PETERWOJ Guest

    My guess is every time I watch it, it gets worse. I thought its a dirty
    If i had to make a wild guess I would think the head on the recorder is
    missaligned slightly and that causes the edge of the tape to fold and wrinkle.
    I've seen this on my old VCR. The damage to the tape is permanent and increases
    every time you play it. To confirm it, play the tape and stop when the picture
    is bad. Now take the tape out and open the cover (you need to press tiny tab
    on the side to do so) and look at the magnetic tape inside. If the tape is
    perfectly smooth (especially on edges ) then it's ok. If it has wrinkles like
    it was folded along the edge then you need to repair it. Any way I would not
    use the original tape to play it again on this recorder but use some other tape
    with nothing on it to see what the problem is. Also if the tape is important I
    would try to transfer the content to VCR, DVD, video CD to be safe whatever
    it's left on it. Some places would do it for you for a fee.
    PETERWOJ, Jan 11, 2004
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    Larry Jandro Guest

    Waiving the right to remain silent, (PETERWOJ)
    That would be misalligned tape guides. Probably not the head.

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    Alex Guest

    I opened the tape (btw its an 8mm, not a Hi8 as I said) and it doesnt look

    HOWEVER, it is curved, bent along (smoothly though, as like it was stretched

    Does this mean its dead ? Is there anything I can do still ?


    Alex, Jan 12, 2004
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    Jun 25, 2014
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    tape faults

    I have had a similar problem to yours but have decided that it is a fault on the tape. I have used many Hi8 tapes over the years but bought a batch of TDK Hi8 ME blue label tapes. There were ten in all and, on playing these back, everyone of these has the same problem as that described by yourself. All other tapes that were recorded on the same camacorder, and stored in exactly the same place, playback perfectly. I have been in touch with TDK to ask but they are not at all helpful. My advise is to stick to tape makes that you know work. I now use digital 8 and have steered well clear of TDK.
    hilltag, Jun 25, 2014
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