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    Triple Platinum Member wumply's Avatar
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    Can't copy 8 mm Sony video cassette tape but did before.

    Using my son's Sony analog videocam earlier this year I filmed an event. Then I connected the videocam to my VCR recorder and made a standard VHS size copy of what I filmed.

    But this month (June) I tried to copy the same 8 mm tape to which I had added some stuff. I tried it with 2 different VHS recorders. It would not copy. Then my son tried copying it with no more success than I had.

    Now, if the videocam input is connected to a TV input, it plays just fine--both for me and my son.

    So the data on the tape is intact...and viewable.

    How can I make more copies of the tape to a standard size VHS video tape?
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    It sounds like your VCR is not picking up the signal from the videcam.

    Make sure you have set the VCR to the correct input channel to receive the signal. (on my VCR it's LI or L2)

    Connect the cam to the VCR and start playback,flick through the input channels on the VCR until you receive the picture.

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    Hey Reverend:

    You can skim this...just wanted you to letl you know your response did lead, if indirectly, to a solution.

    Appreciate your response. At the time of my post and your reply, my son in NJ had the Sony video tape I had made with his videocam. So I told him what you had suggested. But it turned out that [U]his[/UVCR was way old; it could not record, just play tapes onto a TV. My 2 VCRs both had front and back inputs but they were up here in NH. Yuk! (But I began to recall that I had tried to record my Sony videocam tape with both back and front inputs--unsuccessfully.) I hadn't recalled this when I first wrote. There was no way for me to try again till I had both the video tape and my son's videocam up here.

    Meanwhile my son took it to a friend who copied the Sony tape to his HD, from where he will copy it to a DVD. (I don't why a DVD vs. a CD-R). Anyhow my problem was solved but I'll probably never know why I could not copy it with my VCR.

    wumply

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    Reply sent twice--my error. Sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wumply
    Reply sent twice--my error. Sorry.
    No probs. Duplicate removed

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