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11-28-2015, 09:34 AM
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Hi Guys,

Complete newbie to all of this and I'm having problems. yesterday i bought an honestech vidbox for mac. so that i can transfer old VHS-C tapes off a very old JVC GR M3E camcorder.
When i connected up my brand new box yesterday the only thing that "plays" is a completely blank green screen - and it records it too as if it believes thats whats on the camera.

i've messed around and recorded on the camera in LP and SP...if i record in SP it plays too fast and the capture device won't detect it. If i record in LP it picks it up fine! So i think it was all recorded in LP but the camera is playing it in SP..which is why the capture device won't pick it up.

Is there a work round to this? Or a device that would pick it up? glad i at least know why now..just need to find a solution

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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11-28-2015, 03:32 PM
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Not sure I understand what you mean by "plays too fast." I presume it does not play direct to a TV set as well.

If it cannot play back a tape it has just recorded, the camcorder has serious problems, possibly reading/processing the control track, or the capstan/pressure roller system has problems.
The green screen could be the default output is it cannot read a valid signal.

A workaround would be to find a working VHS-C player (or S-VHS-C), or a cassette adapter to use in a good S-VHS/VHS player.
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11-28-2015, 06:38 PM
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VHS-C I know recorded here in PAL room only as SP or LP.
Even slower as "EP" I only know of VHS.

Look but whether a colleague has a Pana NV V8000 which can VHS-C also play in LP, without an adapter, so something more specific.

JVC GR M3E's a Pal model?
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Green screen is always a codec error on the system. Generally too many were installed, usually a codec pack is to blame.

Does audio play fine?

Also make sure all your wiring is correct.

Cameras make for horrible players. VHS-C tapes need a special metal adapter for best results, or outright clamshell transfer to VHS.

LP can also be a major issue for some cameras and VCRs.

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