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Problems with Hi8 tapes on camcorder

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Edwin_M, Oct 24, 2001.

  1. Edwin_M

    Edwin_M Agent

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    I'm having problems with a class project. We were supposed to film a fake commercial and then transfer it to a vhs tape so we could take it to class. A person in the group had a new Sony Handicam so we used that. When we were done I took the tape home to edit it because I have a camcorder but it's an older Sharp camcorder that also uses Hi8 tapes. I planned on using the old camcorder to play the tape and edit it on to a vhs tape. But when I put it in the camcorder all I get is snow. Is there a compatilbilty issue with tapes from one camcorder playing in other camcorders? Even if it's the same format tape?. Could please answer?
     
  2. Ken Seeber

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    Make sure both cameras are the same format. 8mm, Hi-8mm and Digital 8 all use cassettes that look alike, but are not necessarily compatible.
     
  3. Holadem

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    Your friend's camcorder probably records in Digital 8. Your camcorder only reads Hi8 (analog) so it ain't gonna work.
    8mm -> Hi8 - D8
    Each format can read everything at its left, but not its right. Also notice I said read, not record: Digital 8 will read abnalog tapes (8mm and Hi8) but will record ONLY in Digital 8. At least that was a year and a half ago when I got my TRV-310. It is possible that the more recent Sonys record in all these formats, but I doubt it.
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  4. Edwin_M

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    Thanks for your help. I'll see if I can somehow get this project done before it's due.
     

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