I wouldnt be playing valuable (only copy) tapes on gear unless that gear was in top working condition. That's not so easy these days as the cameras and players havent been made for many years. Certain internal components of camcorders can deteriorate just with age even if not used, and tiny amounts of dirt in the wrong places can cause picture and sound problems, even no picture or sound. You may need to have the camera checked and serviced by a competent technician, or purchase another which has been.
Last edited by timtape; 05-05-2021 at 06:18 AM.