widescreen vhs wont work?

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  1. Pete Fleck

    Pete Fleck Auditioning

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    I received a wide screen vhs tape (new). Went to play it in my vcr (connected to my normal aspect tv), and I have no picture. Just a blank screen. Does this sound normal? I would think I would get some sort of picture. Also, the digital counter does not work. Does this have something to do with the widescreen format of the vhs tape?(the counter works on all my other vhs tapes). I am thinking that the tape is bad. Just do not have another widescreen vhs tape to compare it to. What do you think? THanks for all help.
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  2. Ted Lee

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    afaik, there is no special encoding for a widescreen vhs tape. it's no different then a p&s tape.

    i'd say you have a faulty tape.
     
  3. BrentPollard

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    I agree, there is no difference as far your vcr reading the tape.[​IMG]
     
  4. Alf S

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    Sounds silly, but have you checked your cables to make sure everything is plugged in ok?

    If other tapes work in it ok, then tape is bad.
     
  5. Allan Jayne

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    There is no electronic difference between the picture material on a "widescreen" tape versus an ordinary tape, and no video processor, PC, VCR, or TV can determine the aspect ratio by analyzing the video in terms of pixels.
    A "widescreen" tape may or may not have a code that shows up on one of the scan lines 484-525 of the video output that tells a TV with automatic aspect ratio selection to go into 16:9 mode.
    Do you get audio? Does the show start and the picture appear after you fast forward a little ways into the tape?
    Video hints:
    http://members.aol.com/ajaynejr/video.htm
     
  6. Pete Fleck

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    Thanks all for your replies. I bet it is a faulty tape like most said.
    pete
     
  7. Kevin P

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    If the counter isn't advancing, you have a bad tape. Did you try fast forwarding it a bit?
     

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