Solved On playback there are broad stripped lines thru the image

August 13, 2013 at 21:32:16
Specs: Windows 7
When I playback the DVC (mini cassettes) from my Canon ZR50, the picture either goes mosaic or there are gray uniform stripes through the images. I have tried using a Radio Shack cleaner cassette but it hasn't helped. It is true, I recorded the tapes 8 years ago so they are not recent but I have viewed tapes older than these that viewed just fine.
I am trying to burn them to a DVD so is there another choice besides through the camera?

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August 15, 2013 at 23:49:42
I know they have the adapter to play (I think they're called) VHS-C cassettes in regular VCR players but I couldn't find anything like that for DVC cassettes. I think that's because a VCR records an analog signal and your camera records as digital. So it's not just a matter of fitting the DVC tape in something that fits a VCR; you have to actually convert what's on the DVC tape too.

All I could find was directions on how to connect the camera to a VCR and play the DVC tape from the camera and record it on a VCR. Of course that wouldn't work for you if your camera is having the problem.

You may be able to take the tapes to a camera shop and have them convert them but since you're probably going to need a new camera anyway it mght be best to buy one that uses the same tapes and connect it to a VCR or DVD recorder.



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August 14, 2013 at 00:58:52
If it only occurs with some but not all the tapes then the problem must be with those tapes. Is there any way you can clean the tape media with a q-tip and alcohol?

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August 14, 2013 at 13:11:16
It now seems to happen with all the remaining 8 tapes so it must be the camera. Is it fixable or what could be another solution to transfering the tapes besides repairing or buying a new camcorder.

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August 14, 2013 at 19:39:33
I'd think the cleaner cassette would have worked if the camera heads were dirty. Some cleaners are better than others so if possible you might try another. I'm hesitant to recommend buying a new camera unless we're sure there's a problem with your old one.

Were the tapes recorded on the camera you're now trying to play them on?

Do you have a blank tape you can experiment with--record on it and see how it plays back?

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August 15, 2013 at 22:05:25
I tried recording with the camera I was using and it didn't record so definitely there is a problem with the camera. Is there such a thing as a DVC adapter to VHS where you stick the DVC into the adapter and use it in your VHS. I have one for some larger tapes than the DVC? I think they are called VHC.

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August 15, 2013 at 23:49:42
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I know they have the adapter to play (I think they're called) VHS-C cassettes in regular VCR players but I couldn't find anything like that for DVC cassettes. I think that's because a VCR records an analog signal and your camera records as digital. So it's not just a matter of fitting the DVC tape in something that fits a VCR; you have to actually convert what's on the DVC tape too.

All I could find was directions on how to connect the camera to a VCR and play the DVC tape from the camera and record it on a VCR. Of course that wouldn't work for you if your camera is having the problem.

You may be able to take the tapes to a camera shop and have them convert them but since you're probably going to need a new camera anyway it mght be best to buy one that uses the same tapes and connect it to a VCR or DVD recorder.


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August 17, 2013 at 13:09:21
Thank you for your advice. I wondered why I couldn't find a converter that worked. Your explanation makes sense. Well, off to the camera store. Thanks for your help.

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August 17, 2013 at 20:25:56
You're welcome. I hope the shop can help you out.

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