Strange Behavior On Digital Camcorder - Has this happened to anyone else?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Bob, Sep 23, 2003.

  1. Bob

    Bob Guest

    Sometimes my three year old Sony TRV330 gets confused. I'll put in a
    Digital8 tape (recorded or blank) and it thinks it's a Hi8 tape. Of
    course, because the camcorder thinks it's reading a Hi8 tape (that's
    really Digital8) it won't play anything. The tape rolls, the counter
    counts, but just blue output as if nothing was ever recorded, even
    though it was. By the way, this model can play/record either Hi8 or

    When this problems happens, I can even put in a Hi8 tape (previously
    recorded on this same camcorder) and it will give me just blue output.

    The last time this happened (about 20-30 hours of recording time ago)
    I took it to an authorized Sony servicer. He kept it for a few days,
    ran it through testing, and reported he couldn't find anything wrong
    with it. Whatever he did (don't know) had an affect. The camcorder's
    confusion was cured.

    Now it's happening again.

    Anybody had this kind of problem? Could this be a simple need to clean
    the head.? How does a camcorder like this know whether it's got a
    Digital or Hi8 tape in it?

    Thanks if you can shed light on this.

    Bob, Sep 23, 2003
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    Kevin Guest

    Something like this happened to me last summer with my TRV320. I couldn't
    figure out why either, but I cleaned the heads and it seemed to solve the
    Kevin, Sep 23, 2003
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