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Old 09-25-2003, 04:26 PM   #1
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Any way to play Mini DV tapes without using the camcorder itself?

Is there any kind of adapter out there that will let you play Mini DV tapes in your VCR?

We took our DV camcorder to the shop to get it fixed. While I was filming my brother's football game, the camera started acting up. It would stop filming all of a sudden, and lights started blinking. So I shut it off and turned it back on. The camera would film for a few seconds, but then the film would stop recording again, and wouldn't respond. And then when we got home, we tried to play back the tape on the camera. The picture was very choppy and screwy. It seemed like the heads were all messed up. The shop guys told us that the reason the camera was messed up was because we were playing back a messed up tape (the football tape) and that we shouldn't playback our tapes on the camera. I was like WTF, so you are telling me that if I record something, I can't play it back on the camera?? Then he tried to say our tape was messed up, like crinkled or scratched or whatever and that was causing it. He said well if you keep playing the same messed up tape in there it's going to keep messing up the camera. But we have like 10 tapes from various recordings, and each one of them acted the same way when played. So they fixed it, supposedly, and we got it back. I stuck the tape in there to see if it worked and it did. Then later that day, I tried to play the tape again, and the same problem happened. So we took it back, and the guys again told us NOT to play back messed up tapes. But the tape isn't messed up, I told him. It played perfectly the first time, but messed up again later. I even stuck in a brand new tape, and tried to record, but like before, the camera acted up and quit recording/responding and then it ate the tape. So the shop is fixing it again now, and I even gave them a brand new tape that they could use to test the camera out when it's finished.

Geez, why buy a camera if you aren't allowed to play back your tapes?

So anybody know of any way to play back these Mini DV tapes without using the camera?
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Old 09-25-2003, 04:28 PM   #2
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Highly doubt it, it uses a different format for decompression and such..
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Old 09-25-2003, 05:55 PM   #3
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wow, that guy sounds like he was retarded. there is no reason you can't playback your dv tapes in your camcorder. if you want to save camcorder life, go for a home minidv player. i think sony sells one but its damn expensive...i'd just stick to playing them in your camcorder. As far as miniDV tape go though, I heard that different manufacturers use different lubricants in their tapes and that mixing and matching different brands of tapes can cause problems with your recording heads...dunno if that is what is going on here, but could be a possibility.
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Old 09-25-2003, 06:01 PM   #4
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Your best bet is to buy a Firewire and transfer the video to you computer and then burn them onto dvd. You will save yourself a hasle in the long run not having to worry about the tapes/camcorder failing on you,. you wont have to waist money on buying a special player for the tapes, you wont loose lines of resolution also by transfering to a vhs tape. Trust me its the best way to go. Or just buy a new camcorder that uses DVD as the media type.
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I heard that different manufacturers use different lubricants in their tapes and that mixing and matching different brands of tapes can cause problems with your recording heads
That could be true, but we've been using the same brand of tape since we bought the camera.
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Old 09-25-2003, 09:05 PM   #6
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It's not your camera, it's every DV Tape ever made !!!!!
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