New to the forums, I did try and search for a topic related to my issue but came up short.
I hope I'm posting in the right place
With that said...
My dad passed away last fall and I ended up taking our 8mm video8 tapes and camcorder, to eventually
convert to digital. I have successfully converted 13 of the tapes, the other half not so much.
The 12 other tapes are all Sony brand tapes, they do have perfect audio, but no picture, just black.
The 13 I did convert were not Sony brand tapes, Example: Kodak,Blacks,TDK,Memorex,Fuji,Genexxa.
All the tapes were recorded on the same camcorder, A Sony CCD-TR30, which I used to convert the 13
I cleaned the camcorder head manually multiple times over the period of converting the tapes. Some of the
tapes, not all, you could see minor dirt, and stain like formations on the tapes, which I did clean in areas
that were bad, and it worked.
But no matter what I did with the Sony brand tapes (some tapes looked flawless) I could not get picture to
After trying to find info online which is limited, I decided to just play a Sony tape, and while it was in play
mode, tap the rewind button, let it play a couple seconds, then tap the rewind button roughly to the same
spot, let it play a couple seconds, over and over. Eventually I started seeing bits of picture coming through.
I did this with a couple tapes(just sections of the tape) and it took forever to do even a few minutes worth of
video, and in the end, the picture was not clear by any means, it had some snow effect and some horizontal
lines. But this told me the picture is still there, just have to bring it to the surface, the right way, so to
speak. I have a feeling this way can't be good for the tape or the camera.
I'm thinking this could be an alignment issue with either tape guides or the head itself, or maybe the
composition of the tape. I have read different companies used different types of tape compositions.
I think my only option left, would be to try a video restoration company but going rates are pretty pricey, to
restore the 12 other tapes, if possible.
I'm out of ideas, and a noob in this area. Any suggestions are most welcomed.
Note: Tapes are from 1994-2003
Sony tapes used in 1990's - 2000's have no picture, but perfect sound.
Other brand tapes used in the 1990's - 2000's minor issues/some tapes playback perfectly.
Tapes were done in no particular order, if there was black screen I would try another tape.
All tapes were stored together.
Sorry for the long post, double spaces, my eyes are not the greatest! Wanted to explain the best I could
Thanks in advance!