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Sony Handy Cam CCDFX-330, when playing back the movie though

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Sony Handy Cam CCDFX-330, when playing back the movie though the camera
I just get a blank screen showing the frames but no picture ?
Hope you can help thank you
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Electronics
Expert:  Richard replied 7 months ago.

Hi there Anthony and welcome

If you play the movie back through the TV, so you also get a blank screen there?

Please let me know

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
I get a blank screen when looking through the view finder on the camera, and just see the frame arrow and the frame counter
although I know there is film scenes recorded on the tape.
Expert:  Richard replied 7 months ago.

Thanks Anthony,

I need to know though, If you play the movie back through the TV, so you also get a blank screen there?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
when I connect to the mac computer it is also blank
Expert:  Richard replied 7 months ago.

on the Mac, the video being played on the Macs Screen is also blank correct?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Blank on TV screen and computer screen
Expert:  Richard replied 7 months ago.

ok, can you put a different Tape into it, then try recording and tell me if this comes up blank as well please

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
I have tried several different tapes that I know have movies on, I put a blank tape in the camera and it takes new movies,
but will not play the scene back either in the view finder or on the computer.
Expert:  Richard replied 7 months ago.

Thanks

It is either the heads are dirty or they have failed. This will be what is causing the issue.

What you need to do Anthony is purchase a cleaning tape which you can get here

https://www.amazon.com/Sony-V8-25CLD-Digital8-Camcorder-Cleaning/dp/B00005TQKQ

You then use this to clean the heads.

Once done, try to play back the tape. If it still will not play back. then it means that they heads have failed.

With a camera of this age, unless you can locate a secondhand camera with the heads working (so the power supply or something else has failed) and you can change the heads yourself, then it is more economical to purchase a replacement camera as they do not make the heads anymore plus you would only receive a short warranty on the repair.

If you would like any additional information or assistance, please do not hesitate to let me know.

Else if you can take a second to rate my service by clicking one of the stars at the top of the screen then submit, that would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Thank for all your help, I will try and use a cleaning tape (I have one) I know the camera is old so this could be the problem.
It's finding a working Video 8 so I can transfer my films to digital and preserve a hundred or so hours of Africa for my grandchildren.
Thanks again
Anthony
Expert:  Richard replied 7 months ago.

You can also use a company to do this for you Anthony

this one you send the tapes in

http://www.video99.co.uk/Video8_Hi8_to_dvd_transfers.html

And they send it back as a DVD or digital file

If you would like any additional information or assistance, please do not hesitate to let me know.

And if you can take a second to rate my service by clicking one of the stars at the top of the screen then submit, that would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you

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