Originally Posted by rpj83
The horizontal grey bars sounds like dirty heads, you need to put a head cleaning tape in, BUT, read the instructions first, it only needs about 10 seconds. I have a D8 camcorder that I use now for Archiving, amongst the tapes I have is one tape that won't drop into Digital, its a HI8 tape, all the other tapes are old STD8 tapes these are no trouble at all in Digital. I think if you puy that HI8 tape in and record the tape in Digital a few seconds at the start and get a time code on right at the start, it might help, it maybe that the tape is still HI8 mode right at the begining.
As regards your other questions about DVD camcorders. my own view is not to go anywhere near DVD camcorders,
if you want to do any serious editing to compile work for a DVD, you are better off wirh MiniDV and bring it into a computer as an AVI, edit that, then burn to DVD, If you start with a DVD camcorder you are already working with a compressed image, to make another DVD from that you are compressing it even further.
These are just my thoughts, I know a lot of people who wished they had never bought a DVD camera
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