Camcorders forum: Old SONY broke and new SONY won't play old Hi8 tapes

by: wagsthedog February 28, 2007 8:22 PM PST

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Old SONY broke and new SONY won't play old Hi8 tapes

by wagsthedog - 2/28/07 8:22 PM

My SONY DCR-TRV230 Hi8 camcorder self-destructed (Sony says it'll cost $250+ for repair and they don't know what's wrong with it or how to fix it) so I bought a new SONY CCD-TRV138 in order to play my previously recorded tapes. As I've read in other threads, my old tapes won't play back correctly on my new camera. I've also tried to play my tapes on my neighbors SONY Hi8 with the same results of a static-y, scratchy picture. I've, now, learned my lesson and know to transfer the tapes to DVD right away just in case the camera goes on the blink but how do I salvage the 15 tapes that I've already recorded of my children's first five years? BTW, my new camera will record and play back what I've just recorded on that camera beautifully.

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